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Married to Donna

One daughter: age 38
Two sons: ages 35 and 32

Two grandchildren: ages 6 and 3

Taught English, history, and journalism for 41 years, 20 in Salem and 21 in California. Coached multiple sports for the entire career. Also a realtor and builder while living in Salem.

Had the opportunity to stay in touch or see former classmates from time to time while living and working in Salem for twenty years. Enjoyed having Grover Carter as our own UPS delivery man for a few years, and Darrell Evenson built a couple of great fireplaces for us. Made a major move to the Central Valley in California where my wife Donna was from in 1987 to escape the Pacific Northwest weather and floundering economy. We have made several return visits to Salem to see family and friends. Finally retired from teaching in 2008. I really loved the classroom and the relationships I shared with students over the years. Moved to a new home in Arizona which we helped to design. This had been a dream of mine to play golf and enjoy fabulous winter weather since Englewood, Parrish, and Waldo. We travel to Tennessee about three times every year to spend precious moments with two grandchildren.

Had planned on attending this reunion for the last few years, but a serious medical issue and complications this summer have made that impossible. I would like to say “Thank you” to so many of you for your friendship as classmates or friends, and for the kind of people you were. I am thinking very much of the six wonderful girls on the rally squad who were such a large part of my senior year. My cousin Joanne, who was like my own sister, and her friends were always fun to be around. Tom Averill provided more than enough excitement and borderline activity for someone who was still trying to get top grades. And finally, thanks to all who walked the halls and smiled and said “Hi” when passing between classes.

Mike Cooley

Updated 07/2012

This website is the creation of the Website Committee of North Salem High School Graduating Class of 1962
Website Committee
Shirlye Munkres Sonsteby, Carol Williams Textrum, Nancy McDaniel Shultz, Kathy Pomeroy, Nancy Welty Ramsden, Ramona Kewaygeshik Sachtler, Gary Olson