Who are these 'well chicks' and where is Wayne?
Wayne was looking for one of his sons to take over the field work of Wayne Cooper Ag Services but they were already established in their careers. In 2011, after discussing with his wife Diana, owner of the company, Wayne asked his daughter-in-law, Debbie to join him in the field. When it was time for Wayne to take a step away, Debbie asked her friend since high school, Charity to join her. For years Debbie and Charity did the field work while Wayne and Debbie worked together in the office. Wayne trained both of his 'girls' so that he could spend more time with Diana and his friends working to support the youth of Atascadero.
Today, Debbie and Charity maintain the business as Wayne would have wanted.
Entering the field of agriculture, following in the footsteps of a man of such integrity is a complete blessing. Everyone loved Wayne.
Wayne Everett Cooper, 73, of Atascadero, passed away August 1, 2018. Wayne was a proud and dedicated husband, father, and Papa. He is loved and missed greatly. Wayne was born in San Luis Obispo and grew up in Carissa Plains. He graduated from Atascadero High School in 1962 and then attended University of Washington. He transferred to the University of the Pacific where he earned a degree in Engineering. Wayne married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Diana. He was a farmer for many years with his older brother, Jon, before starting a career with PG&E in the early 1980's. It was at that time he moved with his wife and children to "town," Atascadero. This is when his lifelong passion for youth and youth activities began. He spent the last 40 years taking the opportunity to attend as many of his children's and grandchildren's activities as he could. Wayne was passionate for the youth of Atascadero and, most importantly, the Atascadero Greyhounds. He spent many years as the Atascadero Greyhound Foundation president. He also co-founded the Lighthouse Foundation, which focuses on education and mentoring to help prevent drug addiction in children and adolescents. Wayne always said the biggest accomplishment in his life was his family. He is survived by his wife, Diana, whom he was happily married to for 51 years. Together they had four children: Vic (Heidi), Christian (Chanel), Melissa, and Ryan (Debbie); and sixteen grandchildren: CJ (Pita), Everett, Caitlyn, Creston, Alex, Evy, Cullen, Cael, Logan, Westley, Jackson, Colby, Caleb, Callie, Charlotte and Chloe.
He was a man of integrity.
A man who stood for what was right.
He led by example.
He laughed heartily and deeply cared about the people around him.
Wayne LOVED his wife Diana.
His children and grandchildren flocked to him.
Countless other kids looked to him as a father-figure.
He was a real friend.
Wayne was honest.
Wayne was gentle.
Wayne was what every man should strive to be.
We miss him so much.