Janelle Cooper Has Passed

Widow of Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper
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Janelle and Jeff Cooper, founders of Gunsite Academy

We have just been notified Janelle Cooper, widow of Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper and co-founder of Gunsite Academy, has passed away. Below is a statement released by Gunsite.

Rest in Peace

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day… — 2 Timothy 4:7-8

With sadness, we share the news of the passing of Mrs. Janelle Cooper, widow of Jeff Cooper and founder of Gunsite. She was surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Cooper celebrated her 99th birthday at Gunsite the end of May with a family celebration in the Gunsite Classroom ‘Revelation.’

Jeff and Janelle founded Gunsite Academy in 1976 in Paulden, Arizona and it continues to be a legacy to their beliefs in being an American. She led a full life, traveling about the world with her late husband. Her tea, lemonade, and brownies were a legendary treat for the 250 graduates as the end of their week, only exceeded by her hospitality at the Sconce.

We will keep the Gunsite family apprised of any further information.

Please keep the Cooper family in your thoughts and prayers.

With Great Respect,
Ken and the Gunsite Staff, Instructors and Family.

FMG Publications would like to send our condolences to the entire Cooper and Gunsite family. We’ll share more information if and when it becomes available.