Donald E CochraneDecember 29, 1949 ~ August 17, 2017 (age 67)
A memorial service for Donald E. Cochrane, age 67, will be held on Friday, September 1, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the Grace Community Church in Potlatch, ID with Pastor Kathy Lee Kramer officiating. Potlatch Post # 10300 and the United States Navy will provide military honors. A luncheon will follow the memorial service. Mr. Cochrane passed away on Thursday, August 17th at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane from complications following an A.T.V. accident near his Princeton home on August 11th.
Donald Eugene Cochrane was born on December 29, 1949 at Moscow, Idaho to Foy and Joan (Marsh) Cochrane. Don attended Potlatch schools, graduating from Potlatch High School in 1968. Don then enlisted in the United States Navy in April of 1969, and served in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged as a CM3 from the Navy in January of 1973. He received the Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Star.
Don returned to the Potlatch area where he worked in the Timber Industry for the next 45 years. He worked at the Bennett Lumber Company in Princeton, owned and operated his own Logging Company for over 30 years, and had spent the last 5 years working for Potlatch Forests, INC. at the St. Maries, Idaho sawmill as a dryer tender. He retired in October of 2016.
Don had married Diana Boller in Potlatch on August 27, 1976. The couple had two sons, Andy and Kurt. They were later divorced. Don married Kim Pederson on March 2, 1996. Kim’s daughters, Shelle and Jennifer joined the family.
Don was a member of the Potlatch Post # 10300, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed the coffee group at the Potlatch Grange. His hobbies included raising cows on his family farmstead, and spending endless hours following his kids and grandkids in their local sports.
Survivors include his wife Kim at the family home; two sons, Andy (Jill) Cochrane of Princeton, Kurt (Jackie) Cochrane of Potlatch; Shelle (Kyle) Peterson of Harvard, and Jennifer (Kelsey) Southwick of Potlatch; 10 grandchildren, Kelby, Bailey, Tarah, Kaleb, Kloey, Ryleigh, Brooklyn, Skyler, Dyllan, and Shiloh; his mother, Joan Cochrane of Potlatch; his three sisters, Nancy Biggerstaff of Spokane, WA, Valerie (Jack) Douglas of Mullan, ID, and Verlynn (Myron) Emerson of Potlatch, ID.
He was preceded in death by his father Foy Cochrane.
Memorial gifts may be given to the Potlatch Ambulance Fund, PO Box 63, Potlatch, ID, 83855. Kramer Funeral Home of Palouse, WA is caring for the family.