Joshua — Eric Jonathan Cochran, 34, went to be with Jesus on Sunday, December 26, 2010 in Fort Worth.
Memorial service: 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, at Open Door Church of Joshua. Burial: Caddo Cemetery.
Memorials: Community Hospice or Open Door Church.
Eric was a caring father and loving husband and devoted son and grandson. Went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 26, 2010. After a long courageous battle with cancer. Eric was born in Ridgecrest, California June 30, 1976. He was a gift from God to Sharon and lonnie Cochran. He spent his younger years in Trona, California. Where he explored the vast desert and found beauty everywhere he looked. At age 11 he moved to Riverside, California, where he meet his life long friends. In 1995, Eric graduated A B Honor Roll from Ramona High School. In 2006 Eric meet his loving wife Melinda, DJ who was 4, Chris who was 2 and Kayla a newborn baby. We knew this was a family brought together by GOD. Eric has always been their ” Daddy”. He loved them from day one. In 1997 the family moved to their home in Joshua, Texas. He loved that there was lots of land for the kids ( and grown ups ) to run and explore.2003 was bitter sweet year. We found out that we were having a new baby and a week later we found out that Eric had cancer. When Eric was diagnosed his prayer to God was ” Please Lord. Let me live long enough for my baby to remember me and to see the kids grow up!” The Lord granted that prayer. Jenna Rose Cochran was born on March 23, 2004. She was a miracle baby who completed our family. In 2005 Eric and Melinda got married in a 106 year old church at Wyatt’s Chapel. It was the most beautiful commitment and celebration of a perfect union. So much more than we ever dreamed of. Eric lived life to the fullest. Always wanting the family to experience as many possibilities as possible and make memories. He was very talented there was nothing that he couldn’t do or fix. Eric was always thoughtful of others and was a faithful friend. His life long dream was to be veterinarian and to be a father. Unfortunately he was unable to finish college because he was too sick. Eric worked as an industrial mechanic at James Hardie Building Products along side his father and friends. It truly broke his heart to no longer be able to the things he used to be able to do. His greatest joys in life were being a father, spending time with family and working on cars. Our home was always filled with extra children. Who never left with an empty stomach,without a hug and not knowing that they were loved. He enjoyed every moment with those kids. He wanted to set good examples for each and every one of them. We would like to say a very special thanks to Community Hospice of Texas, James Hardie Building Products, The nurses and doctors at Medical City, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Texas Oncology, Open Door Church and of course all of our family and friends who lifted us up when we cried. Laughed when we laughed and all the prayers. Preceeded to heaven by his grandmothers Louise Johnson and Hester Gains
He will always be in the hearts of us still here on earth. He will be greatly missed by all!
Survivors: His parents Sharon and lonnie Cochran. His loving wife Melinda Cochran. Our four beautiful children DJ, Chris, Kayla and Jenna Rose. Grandma Dottie anunts and uncles, cousins, neice and nefew and Parents in love
Michelle Mc Manus, JJ Johnson, Rick and Lynne Huddleston and sisters and brothers in love.