Tim Cochrane, 1950-2011
May 24, 2011
Tim Cochrane’s battle with colon cancer ended May 15 at his home in Eagle. He was surrounded by his family when he died.
A celebration of his life is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel and Community Center.
Timothy James Cochrane was born March 8, 1950, to Thomas and Doris Cochrane, in Cleveland, Ohio. But he would tell you he hails from Buffalo, N.Y., where he grew up.
He enlisted in the U.S. Marines in 1967, serving for four years including two tours in Vietnam. After returning from Vietnam, Tim attended the University of California at Irvine. In 1971, he welcomed his daughter Tracie into the world. Tim moved to Colorado in the late 1970s and ultimately ended up in Vail.
In October 1978, Tim married his best friend, Betsy, who became his wife of 33 years. Together they had three daughters, Erin, Mary and Megan. He was very proud of all of his daughters’ accomplishments and was always their No. 1 supporter.
Tim’s career consisted of multiple hospitality positions before becoming the director of the Eagle Valley Chamber Commerce in 1999. He loved bringing new events and businesses to the Eagle and Gypsum area and had a passion for community service.
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He relocated to McCall, Idaho, for a year and a half in 2009 to work with the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce.
He returned to Eagle after being diagnosed with colon cancer in the fall of 2010.
Tim’s other passion was for the outdoors, which led to his involvement in the Mountain Rescue Association. Tim was instrumental in founding the Vail Mountain Rescue Group, in which he was active until the day he died.
He had many other community service-related accomplishments, including the Silver Plaque Award in 2008 for his lifetime of service to Mountain Rescue. He also helped found the Eagle County Ambulance District.
In addition to his wife, Betsy, and four daughters and two sons-in-law, Derk Rodgers and Nate Ivie, Tim is survived by his sister Judy Pearce; brother Jeff Cochrane and his wife Theresa; brothers-in-law Robert Barnes and his wife Gayle, and David Barnes and his wife MaryHelen; one grandson, Drake Rodgers; six nieces and nephews; multiple cousins and a world of friends.
Tim is preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Doris Cochrane, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, David and Mary Barnes.
A memorial service and celebration will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel and Community Center in Edwards. In lieu of cards and flowers, the family asks that you support your local Mountain Rescue Group or make a donation to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund in Tim’s name.