Mark Alan Cochran, 57, of Caldwell passed away Thursday, July 14, 2022, in Caldwell. A Celebration of Marks Life will be held July 18, 2022, at 10:30 am at Elizabeth Lutheran Church with Pastor Richard Brunk officiating. Burial with Masonic Services immediately following at the Caldwell Masonic Cemetery, Honors by the Warren Lodge A.F. & A.M. #56. The family will receive visitors from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. July 17, 2022, at Strickland Funeral Home Caldwell.
Mark Alan Cochran was born July 26,1964 in Houston, Texas to Mack Cochran and Lucille Kuehn. He attended Westbury High School in Missouri City, Texas graduating in 1982. He attended Sam Houston University where he was an active member of the Kappa Alpha Order Gamma Tau Chapter. He married Jodi Lockhart in Houston, Texas on April 17,1993 and in December of 1996 they gave birth to twins, Tarah and Travis. Mark transferred to University of Houston where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology 1998. He taught and coached at Strake Jesuit Preparatory School, then Annunciation Orthodox School and Kempner High School in Houston. He moved his family to Taylor, Texas in 2005 to take the head baseball coaching position in the nearby town of Jarrell. He came to Caldwell Middle School a year later to teach Texas history and coach, planting roots in Caldwell, Texas. He spent the next 16 years teaching and bringing Texas history to life for his students. He was often seen dressing the part of William B. Travis, Sam Houston, confederate, and union soldiers while storytelling and reading the story of the Texas Revolution and the Civil War. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and spending time on his family’s land in Junction, Texas. He was a life-long member of the Lutheran faith, baptized, confirmed, and married in the faith. He was an active alum of the Kappa Alpha Order at Sam Houston, often donating his time to serve in his fraternal order. He was eventually nominated and receiving the distinction of being elected to their Court of Honor. He was also initiated into the Masonic Order in 2016 eventually serving in the highest seat as the Worshipful Master of the Mason’s Warren Lodge No. 56 in Caldwell, Texas. He served that position until the day of his death. He recently walked his daughter down the aisle and gave her away to her new husband and was proud to dance their first dance with a new knee.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Jodi Lockhart Cochran, son Travis Scott Cochran, daughter Tarah Jo Cochran Scarmardo, son-in-law Austin Randal Scarmardo, mother Lucille Kuehn Cochran, sister Lori Delvige, brother-in-law Brian Delvige, nieces Lauren Y’Barbo and Lacey Y’Barbo, and nephew Logan Y’Barbo.
He is preceded in death by his father Mack Cochran, maternal grandparents Alfred and Viola Kuehn, paternal grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Charles Cochran and brother-in-law Charles Scott Lockhart.
Pallbearers: Ronny Snow, Kevin Lockley, Greg Romeo, Bobby McAndrews, Stephen Tate and Austin Scarmardo.
Honorary Pallbearers: Kappa Alphas Order Gamma Tau Chapter and the Masonic Warren Lodge A.F. & A.M. No. 56
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Caldwell ISD attn. Mark Cochran Memorial Fund 203 N. Gray Street, Caldwell