Charles Cooper Haskin, 85, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2012.
Graveside service: Private burial. The family will host a reception in Cooper's honor at 5 p.m. Friday at the home of his son and daughter-in-law. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Cooper's honor to the Alzheimer's Association or a charity of your choice . Cooper was born Aug. 18, 1926, in Goree. In 1943, at the young age of 17, Cooper graduated from Goree High School and enlisted in the U.S.Navy where he was a signalman aboard the USS Buckingham in the Pacific Ocean and later shore patrol in Honolulu, Hawaii, before being discharged in 1946.
In 1949 he graduated from Texas Tech University and a year later
he met his future wife, B.J. Haskin, on a blind date. They were
married in 1953 and shortly thereafter he was called to active
duty in the United States Air Force. Cooper reported to flight
training, receiving his wings and served in the Strategic Air
Command at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. He flew the
B-29, B-36 and B-47 and was sent to Atomic Bomb School in New Mexico and finally
assigned to a nuclear target in the old Soviet Union. Upon his departure from the Air Force he saw a billboard advertising a job opening for pilots at American Airlines. This was the beginning of
rank of Capt. Charles Cooper Haskin. In 1973, Cooper founded Makers Company which still operates as a steel lighting facility in Haltom City. Upon his retirement from American Airlines, he left Makers Company in the hands of his children and moved back home to Seymour.
Cooper enjoyed spending his free time hunting with his son,
fishing in Colorado with friends, "cowboying" at the Cowen & Sons ranch and Meadowbrook Wranglers with his daughter, gardening and flying his plane. He was an excellent cook and loved to share his creations with his family and friends. Survivors: Wife, B.J. Haskin; sister, Connie Bingham of Amarillo; son, Greg Haskin and wife, Becky; daughter, Laura Haskin; grandson, Travis Haskin and wife, Jenny; granddaughter, Marleigh Carol Haskin; great-grandson,
Holden Cole Haskin; special cousin, Candy Estes; and faithful
Published in Star-Telegram on March 7, 2012