William Daniel Cochran

William Daniel Cochran

William Daniel Cochran

May 08, 1955~May 02, 2022

Dan Cochran

May 8, 1955 – May 2, 2022

William Daniel Cochran, age 66, passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and all 8 of his children on May 2, 2022, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

He was born May 8, 1955 in Carson City, Nevada to Ardys Joyce Naylor and William Knight Cochran. After growing up in Carson City, Dan served a 2-year mission in Ohio for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After his mission he attended Brigham Young University where he met and married the love of his life, Jeannine. Dan graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering. Dan and Jeannine spent 21 years in Houston, Texas raising their family. He spent the last 11 years enjoying life, friends, and spending time with his wife in Crestview, Florida.

Dan is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jeannine Novy Cochran of Crestview, FL, and his children, Jennifer (David) Morrow of Houston, Texas, Michelle (Keith) Ballantyne of Riverside, California, Gwen (Chris) Steele of Salt Lake City, Utah, William Sean (Leigha) Cochran of New Braunfels, Texas, Jason Cochran of Nome, Texas, Aaron Cochran of Dallas, Texas, Sarah Cochran of Logan, Utah and Audrey (Alex) Kirkman of Logan, Utah. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Tyler, Carter, Lydia, Bradley, William Deven, Autumn, Hayden, Brenna, Jaxon, Charlotte, and Weston. His surviving siblings are David Schaff of Nevada City, California, Paul (Karen) Cochran of Carson City, Nevada, and Christine (Michael) Truong of San Clemente, California and several nieces and nephews. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Mike Schaff and Rick Schaff, and grandson, Ronin Steele.

Dan spent his life serving others selflessly and was an incredible example of integrity, hard work, and service. He will always be remembered for his love for his wife, family, nature, the desert, mountains and dad jokes. He was a kid at heart, was loved by so many, and will be tremendously missed.



Margaret Graham

May 10, 2022, 2:12 pm

Sorry for your loss Michelle and family.

Jolyn Kirkman

May 10, 2022, 2:47 pm

Dear Cochran family,
We have only known your family for a very short time and only met Dan at the wedding. He and Jeannine raised some remarkable, amazing children. We are so thankful to have you all in our lives. Our heart and prayers go out to you all. And to our amazing Audrey, Weston, and Charlotte-we love you more than you know and are always here for you. Sarah and Gwen, thank you for letting us be a part of your life too. When Alex married Audrey, we had no idea what an amazing family we were getting. We love you all and are so sorry for the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather.
Much love,
Blair and Jolyn Kirkman and family

Dave and Lesa Goetz

May 10, 2022, 6:00 pm

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Peggy Machol-Bassett

May 10, 2022, 8:30 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jennifer, and all of your family.

Tom & Pat Walke

May 11, 2022, 8:18 pm

Condolences, to you and your
Family! There is great comfort in the Great Plan of Happiness, knowing you’ll be together again!
Love, Tom & Pat Walke

Jim Wood

May 18, 2022, 7:56 pm

Saw this in the Nevada Appeal. Very sorry for your loss. Much too young. Although I hadn’t seen Dan since high school, I certainly considered him a friend. We knew each other since we were probably four or five years old. We didn’t have much in common really as I was more of a jock and Dan was studious yet fun, you know?
The photo in the paper looked just like the Dan I remember, so thank you for sharing it, and again, so sorry he’s gone.

Jim Wood (Woody)

Ryan Jacobs

June 27, 2022, 1:13 pm

Only worked with Dan for a little while but man, was he a nice guy and excellent at his craft. He was as reliable as they come and such a joy to work with. All of my best wishes and prayers for the family.
– Captain Ryan Jacobs

Michael Campbell

June 27, 2022, 9:47 pm

I enjoyed working with Dan at Eglin AFB. A consummate professional. He had a perpetual smile on his face and was always ready to help. I pray that his family and friends have peace and comfort at his passing.

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