Our thoughts and prayers go out to classmate Tim Cooney and his family on the passing of his Dad, Bryan.
Below is the obituary from the facts which appeared in the July 1 paper.:
Bryan N. Cooney departed this life to meet his Lord and Savior on June 21, 2015. Born near Eliasville, Texas, on May 1, 1920, Bryan’s family moved to Iraan, Texas, when he was seven years old, where his father, Frank, worked in the newly opened oil fields of Pecos and surrounding counties. With excellent teachers in the Iraan district, Bryan excelled both scholastically and in music. He participated in a Boy Scout Band and obtained the rank of Eagle Scout.
After g raduating high school, Bryan attended Sam Houston State College in Huntsville where he majored in music education, graduating in 1942, with a music degree. He met his only true love, Dorothy May Shaw, who was also a music education student as well. After a two years of service in the Army during WWII playing in the Army Band, Bryan, Dorothy, and first child Pat, returned to Texas , to seek jobs. By divinely guided circumstances, Bryan arrived in Freeport with a contract in hand to work as the high school band director and Dorothy obtained a job as the junior high band teacher.
A few years later, Dorothy decided to remain home to raise their growing family while Bryan eventually accepted the position of Music Supervisor for the Brazosport Independent School District. Under his leadership, the music program expanded with the various bands and choirs receiving top honors in Texas state competitions. In the 1960’s, an orchestra program was also added to the school curriculum with Dorothy rejoining the music staff to teach in that new program. Bryan was instrumental in helping to establish several enduring Brazosport traditions and organizations including the Brazosport Museum, a Community Band, a community concert series and an early effort at forming a community orchestra.
In 1974, Bryan, Dorothy and youngest daughter, Lynelle, moved to Denver, Colorado. Bryan initially worked at a local music store but after a couple of years was offered the chance to pursue his avocation of paleontology at the Colorado School of Mines. For the next twenty-one years he served there in the geology department as curator of geology collections and department collections manager. In 2005, he was the recipient of the prestigious Mines Medal for his dedication to the school.
He did not retire until his late 80’s. During those years, he also helped establish the Western Interior Paleontological Society.
Over his life, Bryan developed an extensive collection of invertebrate fossils which have since been donated to the Brazosport Museum, the Iraan Museum, the Denver Musem of Nature and Science and the Colorado School of Mines. But his avocation never overshadowed his love of music and in Denver, he and Dorothy continued to pursue their musical interest by serving in various music ministry capacities at Bear Valley Church as well as participating in a number of musical organizations.
Bryan will be remembered by family and friends for his musical and geologic professionalism, his willingness to invest in the lives of others, and for his kindness, encouragement and generous nature.
Bryan wa s predeceased by his wife, Dorothy.
He is survived by four children, Pat Jablonsky, of Delta, CO, Teresa Cox, of Houston, TX, Tim Cooney, of Grand Junction, CO, and Lynelle Harding, who just recently moved back to the United States from Seoul, Korea. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held on June 27, 2015, in Lakewood, CO, and he was interred at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Cards of sympathy may be mailed to: The Family of Bryan Cooney c/o Pat Jablonsky 806 East 4th StreetDelta, CO 81416
Donations in lieu of flowers are suggested to the following in his memory:
The Brazosport Museum c/o The Center for Arts and Sciences 400 College Blvd. Clute, TX 77531
The Iraan Museum City of Iraan c/o Laquetta Harris Iraan, TX 79744
Sam Houston State University Office of University Advancement Box 2537 Huntsville, TX 77341-2537