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Lifelong Juneau resident Brant Cooper died in a car accident on Oct. 31, 2004.
He was born on Oct. 24, 1985, to John and Wilma Cooper. His early life was spent dealing with a birth defect, which necessitated multiple surgeries at Children's Hospital in Seattle, Wash. Despite having hearing in only one ear, Brant had an innate talent for music, learning the trombone at an early age before teaching himself how to play the trumpet. He was an active member of the Juneau music community, playing in the student and adult symphonies as well as a number of bands while attending Juneau-Douglas High School. He was part of the JDHS Festival Band, which won a national competition in Orlando, Fla., last year, and performed by invitation in Chicago this March. He is a 2004 graduate of JDHS. He was attending the University of Alaska Southeast and was planning on majoring in music education.
He is survived by his parents, John and Wilma Cooper of Juneau; his brother, Sean Cooper of Lisle, Ill.; paternal grandparents, Elmer and Lova Cooper; aunts and uncles, Barbara, Robert, Nikki, and numerous cousins.
His family said, "He will be missed by countless friends throughout Alaska and the United States."
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday on Nov. 8 at Chapel by the Lake, with a reception to follow in Smith Hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Brant's name to one of the following organizations: Children's Foundation, P.O. Box 50020 Mail Stop S200, Seattle, WA 98145 or Juneau-Douglas High School Band Boosters, P.O. Box 34082, Juneau, AK 99803.