David Loren Cooley, a resident of Dallas, died on Wednesday, Aug. 14, in Salem Hospital. He was born on Feb. 5, 1965, in Salem, the son of Loren and Marilyn Cooley.
David grew up in Dallas. Later his mother remarried to Bob Craven, and they lived on a 20-acre property just south of town, where he enjoyed riding motorcycles and target shooting. David enjoyed many family vacations over to Lincoln City at the Craven family cabin on Devil’s Lake, fishing and boating. David attended schools in Dallas and graduated from Dallas High School in 1983. During high school, David was a box boy at Safeway and worked his way up to checker. For many years, David worked at Cooley’s Furniture with his father, uncle and grandfather.
Throughout his life, David pursued his love for music, both as a singer and playing guitar. He was a member of several bands including Leather and Lace, Emerald City, and Balance. For several years, David lived in Nashville, Tennessee, performing his music and was signed by Barry White Productions.
David loved spending time with his son, Cristian, family and friends. He enjoyed fishing with his grandpa Bowman and brother on the Siletz River, as well as bird hunting with his brother and stepfather. David was also a skilled cook, and he enjoyed carrying on family recipes. Every Christmas, he would make his grandma Cooley’s Almond Roca and give it as gifts. He also enjoyed making his grandma Bowman’s banana bread. David worked for RISE, caring for young people with autism. His passion was helping others; that was his gift. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his son, Cristian Cooley; mother, Marilyn; and stepfather, Bob Craven; brother, Steve (Laura) Cooley; cousins and nieces and nephew. He was preceded in death by his father, Loren; and stepmother, Mae Cooley.
A celebration of David’s life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 2 p.m. at Valley Life Church in Dallas. Private interment will be in Dallas Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association in care of Bollman Funeral Home, Dallas, who is caring for the family. To share a memory with the family, go to www.dallastribute.com.