Don N. Cooper, 78, died peacefully at his Manhattan Beach home Tuesday, May 31, 2005. Born in Los Angeles on August 2, 1926 to Ted R. and Lois N. Cooper, Don was a lifelong resident of the Los Angeles area. After graduating from Beverly Hills High School, Don attended U.S.C. where he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in 1947. Don also did post-graduate work in Civil Engineering at Harvard University. While at U.S.C., Don was a midshipman in the NROTC. After VJ Day, he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. He later served for many years in the Naval reserve, attaining the rank of Lieutenant After college, Don began a successful career with Ted R. Cooper Construction Engineers, working both in construction and real estate acquisition and management. Don was an active snow skier, sailor and world traveler, having skied most of the best-known mountains in North America and Europe, raced competitively in various classes of sailboats and traveled extensively. He was a past Commodore of the Lake Arrowhead Yacht Club. Don was preceded in death by his brother, Bruce R. Cooper, and is survived by his sister, Bette Scott, five nephews, a niece and eighteen grand nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by his family and by all of his many friends across the country.

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