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Lloyd Darrel Hooper Memorial
Lloyd Darrel Hooper Memorial

Lloyd Darrel Hooper

Lloyd Darrel Hooper

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Lloyd Darrel Hooper passed peacefully from this earth into the loving arms of Jesus on December 21, 2017, surrounded by his family, at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, Washington. Lloyd was born on October 6 1931, to James Washington Hooper and Vashti (Harper) Hooper at the family home in Marblemount, Washington. Lloyd attended the one room Rocky Creek grade school in Rockport through the sixth grade, graduated from Concrete High School in 1949, and attended Western Washington University 1949-1950.

Lloyd served in the United States Army from April 1, 1952 to March 31, 1955. Serving three years in the Army Security Agency with 329 Communication Reconnaissance one mile behind the front lines, Lloyd provided signal intelligence through Morse Code interception. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal, UN Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. He chose, rather than continuing a military career in national security, to return home, resuming his job with Seattle City light. Ever honor bound, Lloyd did not speak of his responsibilities during this time until years later, when the activities of the U.S. Army Security Agency were partially declassified. Lloyd was passionately patriotic and honored to have served his country. He was a longtime member of the George Baldridge Post 43 American Legion in Sedro-Woolley and the Eagles, Aerie 3242 in Burlington and a life member of the VFW Post in Sedro-Woolley.

Lloyd met the one true love of his life, Fern Weaver, at the March of Dimes dance in Newhalem in March of 1956. They went on their first date the following month, and married on July 31, 1956, in Mount Vernon, WA. They were married three months after having met, and celebrated 61 years together this last July.

Lloyd began his career with Seattle City Light in the summer of 1950 working as a gandy dancer on the railroad to the Seattle Hydroelectric Project in Newhalem. After they were married, Lloyd and Fern moved into Newhalem. Lloyd coached the Little League team, the Kilowatt Kids, during this time. In August 1961, the family moved to Seattle to pursue an opportunity for warehouse advancement and, in 1964, the family returned to Newhalem with Lloyd in charge of the warehouse. As Seattle’s plans to move toward automation began to materialize, many families moved downriver, and the Hooper family moved to Burlington in 1974. As is the case with most everyone who had the good fortune to live in Newhalem and Diablo in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, time spent as a family in the Skagit Project continues to hold a dear place in our hearts. After 30 years as warehouse foreman in Newhalem, Lloyd retired from Seattle City Light in 1981. He subsequently worked at Bargreens Restaurant Supply and H Bean Hardware, fully retiring in 1996.

From an early age, music has been an important part of Lloyd’s life. He began entertaining at the age of three years old, when his Dad took him to Rockport to sing Red River Valley to the community. While a freshman at WWU, Lloyd entered the all school talent competition, winning first place by playing guitar and singing Molly Darling and was invited back for an encore performance the following year to rousing ovation. He appeared on the Chubby Howard television show in 1962. For 60 years, Lloyd Hooper (bass guitar) and the Cascade Ramblers entertained three generations with classic country and country swing music. He was a charismatic entertainer, with a deep and resonant voice that did not falter through the years. Lloyd counted the times that he played music at Currier Hall, the Rockport Picnic, Cascade Days, and the many charitable benefits as highlights of his musical career. Clint (vocals and drums) and Cindy (vocals) had the honor of sharing the stage with their father. Lloyd was proudly inducted, on initial nomination, into three Country Swing Hall of Fames; Western Swing Music Society of Seattle on Aug 14, 2005, Western Swing Music Society of the Southwest ( Oklahoma) July 21, 2007, and Sacramento Western Swing Society October 7, 2007. He thoroughly enjoyed entertaining, and he truly cherished the friendships that were formed throughout his music years. On March 2016, Lloyd decided to hang up the guitar and retired from professional music. He delighted in being home with his “special lady”, whom he dearly cherished, and spending time with his family.

Lloyd and Fern enjoyed family gatherings, road trips, time away at the Tollavanah Inn, and yearly camping trips to Marble Creek Campground. Lloyd also enjoyed working outdoors, gardening, and diligently attempting to keep the mole population of Cohoe Drive under control. He enjoyed the internet and was a world traveler, courtesy of Google Earth.

Over the years, Lloyd joyfully accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior, and was recently baptized. On December 14 2010, after a miraculous healing of stage 4 colon cancer, lyrics and melody came to Lloyd…“ I’ll be here when the sun comes up tomorrow, I’ll be here to hold your hand forever”… Lloyd interpreted this as Jesus’ message to him, and his message to his wife, Fern. At the time of his passing, Lloyd was at peace and looked forward to seeing Jesus and his family that is waiting in Heaven. We will miss him, we will miss his huge presence, and we will miss his sense of humor. We are grateful to have had him for 86 years, and we look forward to seeing him again.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, James and Vashti Hooper and his brother, Fred. He is survived by his wife, Fern; children Connie Keele, Cindy (Al) Hooper-DeLeon, and Clinton Hooper; grandchildren Jacob (Cindy)Keele and Courtney Keele, great grandchildren Megan, Monica, and Lauryn Keele; cousin June Hooper, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lloyd and his family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the following:
Physicians Dr Mehrdad Jafari, Dr. Kamol Lo, Dr. Mansel Kevwitch, Dr. Morris Johnson, Dr. Dawei Lu, our beloved Dr. Richard Gross, and all other physicians who have cared for him throughout the years, for their excellent care and compassion. Lloyd counted you among his friends.
The oncology, cardiology, and urology clinical and ancillary staff, whom he appreciated so very much. You made difficult situations easier.
All those at Skagit Valley Hospital staff who cared for Lloyd over the years and during his final admission, you made a difference.
Lemley Chapel, thank you for your assistance and kindness during this difficult time.

To each and every friend, Lloyd asked that we let you know how much he appreciated and enjoyed your friendship throughout the years. You are in so very many fond memories.

At Lloyd’s request, there will be no services at this time. A spring or summer memorial is likely, the family will notify everyone well in advance.

Lloyd and Fern’s children would like to publicly thank our parents for loving and respecting each other so fiercely. We grew up safe in the knowledge that we were loved, protected, and cared for. We couldn’t love you more.


  • Jim Pinkey

    I remember the days when the “Young Wipper-Snappers” would play softball against the “Old Timers” back in the 1950’s. What a power hitter Lloyd was as usual. I don’t think we ever beat the “Old Timers”! Those were fun times.

  • Donny & Rene’ Coggins

    Your presence in all the lives of musicians everywhere will be enormously missed. We all owe you more than you know. Sing from heaven for us, Lloyd with your brand new heavenly healthy once again spiritual body.

  • Don Hundahl

    Will miss that grin. Lloyd was always good to me through all the years and years we were together with city light. As a boy growing up and as a coworker. Show them how it’s done up there old friend. Love ya!

  • Norma Bianchini

    Miss you my school buddy. Wish I could sing “Molly Darlin” as well as you could. Rest In Peace.
    Norma Bianchini.

  • Victoria Frizzell Maddox

    Sorry for your loss..May God wrap his loving arms around you during this difficult time.V

  • Bea Bazinet

    My sincere condolences to Fern and family. Lloyd brought so much happiness to everyone with his music, he will be dearly missed.
    May God rest his soul.

  • Candace Weingart

    Bless the wonders of the Lloyd Hooper family. You all share the grace and love of friendship and kindness. I will always remember Lloyd insisting that Connie babysit Sima so I could be with you those many nights! We will meet again and dance on golden streets. Hugs to all.

  • Maurine Roper Butterworth

    So many fond memories of the lovely Hooper family on the Skagit.
    God bless you all!

  • Jan Tresner

    Was a privilege to know. Wonderful musician, great family man. Wally Tresner(Father) and Lloyd can talk about the days living in Newhalem, now both in heaven. May the angels watch over the family for safe travels.

  • Carol wenrick

    I had the privilege of knowing Lloyd for a great many years!! He will be greatly missed. A wonderful friend.

  • Buck Hammock

    I played in the band “Rimshot” In the late 90’s with Lloyd Hooper, Brian Hoyle and Cowboy (Drummer) and have such great memories of that expierience with three of the finniest guys one would would ever want to be associated with. We had four year of fun together playing country music at all the club in Skagit County, Most memorable was the Sedro Woolley Eagles (Original Location). That was the days when we would play a club a month at a time. Lloyd was definitely the solid rock for Rimshot with his love of western swing and his deep wonderful voice singing tumbling tumbleweeds and other great wester swing tunes with Brian Hoyle and I doing the harmony. I can still see the crowds at the Burlington Eagles as well, with the two solid rocks of that band, Lloyd Hooper and Brian Hoyle playing some of the great music that those two brought to Skagit County. I miss them both Immensely and forever they will be in my heart.

  • Marcie Dolar

    Listening to him was always a gift. The times thru the years talking and spending it with family are treasured memories that will not go away. Time spent at the cabin with all of us gathered together laughing and enjoying those moments. The years seeing who would be first to make the birthday call are priceless memories as it was our time to talk & catchup. You are loved and will be missed. May we meet again.

  • Miriam Joy Kennedy

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Lloyd will always be remembered for his music. Love

  • Melinda Reinstra

    Such a Great loss to so many!! He was such a Wonderful man who will be missed by so many!!

  • Jim Titus

    Beautiful obituary. I knew Lloyd Hooper most of my life and considered him a friend

  • Don Rosd

    A friend and companion for many years and will be greatly missed. Love and sympathy to all his family.

  • Tracie & Joshua Trythall

    So sad to hear of Lloyd’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

  • Karen Keith

    I remember living in Newhalem as a child & watching Hee Haw with Lloyd & family! Many fond memories of him & his family who were our extended family. He will be greatly missed!

  • Katie (Mills) Foss

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Lloyd was a wonderful, kind man with the biggest heart. His smile would light up the whole room! I have many fond memories of him and Fern. God bless!

  • Margaret Hanseth-King

    Sure did enjoy your music…. You will be so missed by so many… RIP Lloyd!!!