Korey Francis Cochran

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November 14, 1978 ~ January 4, 2017


Korey Francis Cochran, age 38 was born in Vancouver, Washington on November 14, 1978. He passed away from progression of very aggressive brain tumors on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. He was at home surrounded by family and friends and loving words of farewell for now.

Korey grew up in the Vancouver School District attending Truman, Franklin, Shumway and then Hudson Bay. When his family moved to Cherry Street in west Vancouver in 1989, he met what would become his lifetime best friends. They would explore the neighborhood, play pranks, go fishing, ride bikes and get into general trouble. These were the same men that celebrated every major milestone in his life - including the very last. They were by his bedside to the very end.

While still in high school, Korey started earning his AA at Clark College via the Running Start program while simultaneously working as an IT Technician for the Vancouver School District. He met his wife Kerry around this time and decided to keep her for life. Once finished with his AA, he stayed on with VSD for a couple years before he was hired with U.S. Bank's IT department. He stayed there until 2006 when he came to work for the City of Vancouver - again as an IT Technician - where he has been ever since. You could trust Korey to fix just about any IT issue - all while keeping a compassionate ear open for a good joke or story to pass the time. You could not find a more reliable guy to help you out - whether you were in a techy pinch or needed your car winched out of a ditch - he would take care of you.

Korey was an Eagle Scout and really was the most loyal and honest of men. Once he called you friend, he had your back for life - no questions. But if you asked him a question or advice - watch out - you may not like his very honest answer - for better or worse, the man did not believe in lying.

He loved the outdoors - he would go fishing, camping and hike regardless of weather or season. He could fix just about anything, given enough time, and the right tools. He was at home in his man-cave garage maintaining his '85 Toyota truck or a certain '75 Blazer, brewing a new batch of beer with buddies, prepping the fishing boat for the next voyage with his dad or just tooling around with his brother. He was equally at home at the BBQ and game to try out a new technique in search of the perfect piece of meat - no veggies allowed.

In the last six years since starting a family, he had focused all his energy and enthusiasm for life into bringing up his children and teaching them the endless things that a dad needs to pass down to his kids. He was an amazing daddy and took his responsibility very seriously, just as he was shown by his own loving parents. Once he decided to do something, he committed with all of his being - and his children are a perfect shining example of his enormous efforts.

He lived his life with honesty and integrity. A good man who was loved.

He is survived by his wife Kerry; children Kyrsten 5, and Kynen 2; his mother Gayle and father Kelly; grandmother Monica; brother Kris and his wife Jasmine with twins Addison and Allison. He has also left behind a huge extended family made up of not only direct relations but also the community that supported him throughout his life and came together with such strength and solidarity in the last year following his cancer diagnosis.

There are not sufficient words for the appreciation we feel at the incredible warmth that has surrounded us while on this journey, and as Korey said many, many times - "you are all just SO AMAZING!"

Korey was a huge fan of the movie "The Big Lebowski" - so in honor of that love, there will be two "What-Have-You" open house events to celebrate Korey's life. Please join us at both or whichever you can attend.

Please visit the Korey's Army Facebook page for full details on each event:

January 28th, 2017 - All Day Open House
Anderson Lodge - Main Lodge
12025 Lewis River Road, Ariel, WA 98603

February 7th, 2017 - 4-7pm Open House
Luepke Senior Center
1009 E McLoughlin Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98663

Please sign Korey's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Jan. 14, 2017
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