Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on Mar. 6, 2016
Edward Jensen Cooley journeyed home peacefully on 4 February, 2016 surrounded by
loved ones with his puppy Daisy by his side. The eldest son of Abraham Coon Cooley
and Lucille Jensen Cooley, he is pre-deceased by his parents, his sisters Rachel Wood,
Estelle DeMoisy, and Kathryn Anderson, his brother Clyde Cooley, son David E. Cooley
and beloved wife Fae Donna Thornley Cooley.
He is survived by four children, Christine C. Lopez, Janice C. Blair (David), Keith D.
Cooley (Patrice) and Craig Cooley; ten grandchildren , ten great-grandchildren and many
dear friends and extended family members.
Edward was born at home in Salt Lake City where his family lived until he was 12. In
1933, the family moved to Washington, D.C., where Edward attended Powell Jr. High
and graduated from Central High School in 1939. After graduation, he attended the
University of Utah until 1940, when he was called to serve a mission for the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Buenos Aires, Argentina. When he was released in
1942, he returned home and proudly joined the Navy, having been an active member of
the Naval ROTC during high school. He studied at Duke and Georgetown Universities
before serving in the Pacific until the end of the war. Upon release from active duty in
1945, he returned to the University of Utah. While going to school and working at radio
station KSL, he auditioned for a part in a Church production of "The Family Upstairs". He
was cast as the male lead opposite the woman who would become his eternal partner.
Edward and Fae Donna were married in the Salt Lake Temple by President George
Albert Smith on 19 December, 1945, two months after their first meeting. Their two
daughters were born in Salt Lake, and when the Korean War broke out in 1950, Edward
re-enlisted in the Navy serving in the Pacific until his release in 1952. That same year he
began his 30 year career with National Cash Register. Three sons joined the family in
San Diego, Los Angeles and Menlo Park, California and in 1958 while working in Salt
Lake City, Edward completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Banking and Finance
at The University of Utah. In 1967 he accepted a transfer to Dayton, Ohio in order to join
NCR's "Electronic Data Processing" team.
The family lived in Dayton for 20 years during which time Edward served in various Ward
and Stake callings. He was honored to be called to serve as Bishop of the Kettering
Ward while the ward building was being built, and as First Counselor in the Dayton Ohio
Stake. In 1988, Edward and Fae Donna moved to St. George, Utah, the place Edward
said he enjoyed living more than any place he had ever lived, the place he felt he
belonged. In St. George, the now "retired" Edward discovered the joy of a hotly
contested tennis match, being a voice in the choir, lighting up the Temple for Christmas,
supporting the Symphony, figuring out a solution to a complex computer issue, hiking a
red rock trail, reading twenty books at a time, and unraveling a family history mystery. He
also loved reaching out to his ward family through home teaching and sharing his
testimony, and considered his work at the Temple an honor and a privilege. He was a
good man of strong faith who never lost his curiosity or his love of learning, teaching, and
"being of service".
We wish to express our sincere thanks and affection to all the loving caregivers Dad was
blessed with in the last year of his life, and to our wonderful Third Ward family.
Family and friends are invited to a memorial celebration of Brother Cooley's life to be
held Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at the St. George LDS Red Hills Chapel,
200 West 500 North. A light lunch will be served after the service.
Brother Cooley was buried at Tonaquint Cemetery on 9 February, 2016 with Military
Honors provided by American Legion Lester-Keate Post 90 and The Utah Honor Guard.
Arrangements under the direction of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221.
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