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Hi I'm Duane Cochran

I'm a Mormon or should I say a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints . . .

About Me

I started out in Advanced Electronics while enlisted in the US Navy. I met my wife-to-be at a church dance and we married and had five children - all red heads! After my enlistment I have worked for various companies and ended up retiring early from Hewlett Packard after several years working with Inkjet and finishing with HP's Digital Web-Press. I am currently farming 11 acres growing Peaches and Filberts (Hazlenuts) and generally enjoying my children and grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad was stationed at the NROTC unit at Oregon State University in the early sixties. One day two Sister missionaries from the 'Mormon' church came by and asked if they could share a message about the Restored Gospel with my family; my Mom and Dad said yes. A short while later my Dad related the story of his miraculous survival (per se) during WWII while on the Battleship Nevada during the Pearl Harbor attack. He told us that he hadn't thought about those events for years however, when those missionaries stopped by he said the whole scene played out in his mind and he recalled vividly the promise he made to God if he survived, how he would do whatever was required. He said he felt strongly that now was the time to make good on that promise. Since then I have found out for myself, without any doubt, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is everything it claims to be . . . and so much more!

How I live my faith

My wife and I raised 5 children all of whom have graduated from college. Our four sons all obtained the rank of Eagle in Boy Scouts. All our children participated musically, and athletically in the Corvallis area and some at the college level. I say this only to mention the many hours we have volunteered at fundraisers, track meets, Red Cross, chaperones, camping, soccer games, science trips, zoo excursions, little league, backpacking, whitewater rafting, and so on. You won't see our names but like many of you we make up the fabric of our communities.