Born November 7, 1933
Entered into Rest December 9, 2011
Born in Altadena, CA to John Wesley Cokeley and Margaret Louise Cokeley
Janette Dorothy Cokeley, Loving Wife of 56 years
Children: Lynda Levon Woodhall, Glen Arlan Cokeley,
LornaLeane Wise, and Davin Lyell Cokeley
Grandchildren: Wendi LeVon Yopp,
Kai Everest, Audrey Glen, Bryce Valiant, Zavion Cruz, and Jesse Granite Cokeley,
Caelyn Joy, Christina Leanne, and Josiah David Wise
Hanna Joy, Elijah Casidy, and, Ava Janae Cokeley
Great Grandson: Cody Denver Yopp
Brother: John Wesley Cokeley
Sister: Shirley Mae Clemans
Parents John & Margaret, and Son Dwayne Dale Cokeley and Grandson Donald Denver Woodhall were waiting in heaven to greet him on his final flight to heaven.
Arlan served in Naval Aviation as a fighter pilot, 5 years active with 17 years reserve.
He worked as design/development engineer for Aerojet Minuteman; Department of Defense USAF – McClellan with 30 +years retirement April 1993
Arlan was an entrepreneur from an early age, selling fresh oranges and eggs. He had more than one paper route at a time, and was a caddy at a nearby golf course. He trained homing pigeons and was an accomplished photographer, even developing his own photos. He received awards in track and field events in grammar school and on up until he received the top award for being the most outstanding athlete in his Naval Academy officer training class.
He loved the outdoors: camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, water skiing, snow skiing, etc. especially Yosemite where he spent the first 7 summers of his life. He appreciated God’s creation and passed that appreciation on to his family. He hiked most of the Pacific Crest Trail, some of it with just his back pack, and some with our llamas carrying the packs.
He also taught his children to be hard workers like him. He could do most anything he set his mind to, like design and build his own house.
Besides flying in the military, he flew for Pan Am, Civil Air Patrol, and was a flight instructor. He drove a big water truck on logging roads one time while on a vacation. He worked in Real Estate, and as journeyman carpenter.
He rebuilt several military vehicles.
He drove RVs, and was active in Escapees, an RV club. He enjoyed traveling with his beloved wife to many places in the states and Canada, including Alaska and Hawaii. they also enjoyed a few cruises, the most recent one through the Panama Canal.
He loved Gospel Bluegrass music.
He will be missed by his family and friends. But we are all grateful for the wonderful memories he leaves with us.
Isaiah 40:31 “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles … NIV
Janette and the family would like to thank her prayer group, the neighbors and friends, and her bereavement group for all your help, love, support, and prayers.