Good­bye to a Friend

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The Salt Wa­ter Sports­man com­mu­nity mourns the loss of Pete Cooper Jr., long­time friend and re­gional ed­i­tor, who lost his valiant bat­tle with cancer on July 5, 2017.

Pete grew up in Shreve­port, Louisiana, and at­tended LSU be­fore mar­ry­ing and mov­ing to south Louisiana in the late 1960s, first to Buras and then Brous­sard, where he par­layed his pas­sion for fish­ing and hunt­ing into a long ca­reer as an out­door writer, dur­ing which he au­thored some 1,000 ar­ti­cles and five books.

In­ducted into the Louisiana Sports­man’s Hall of Fame in 2003 for his con­tri­bu­tions to the out­doors, Pete was also an ar­dent con­ser­va­tion­ist and was most proud of his par­tic­i­pa­tion with the Gulf States Marine Fish­eries Com­mis­sion man­age­ment plan for floun­der, striped bass and triple­tail.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Bar­bara; daugh­ter, Christi Cooper Disher; son-in-law, Chris Disher; grand­sons, Matthew and Nick; and his two sis­ters, Ju­dith and Nancy Cooper.

Dona­tions in Pete’s mem­ory may be sent to the Cy­press Is­land Pre­serve, Spay Na­tion of Lafayette or Coastal Con­ser­va­tion As­so­ci­a­tion.

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