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Funeral plans announced for Navasota police officer

Officer William Cooper was fulfilling his dream of attending the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally when he lost his life in an accident.
Officer William Cooper was sworn on to the Navasota Police Department in December 2019.
Officer William Cooper was sworn on to the Navasota Police Department in December 2019.(City of Navasota)
Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 4:44 PM CDT
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Navasota, Tex. - (KBTX) - Funeral plans have been announced for Navasota police officer William Cooper, who was killed in a motorcycle accident during a trip to South Dakota.

“The Navasota Police Department is truly saddened with the loss of Officer Cooper,” said Navasota Police Chief, Shawn Myatt. “He was a young, up and coming officer that was passionate about law enforcement. There is a void that will we have to fill. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and my staff.”

According to Cooper’s obituary page on the Lindley Robertson Holt Funeral Home website, he was “fulfilling his dream of attending the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally” when the crash occurred. Cooper was sworn into the Navasota Police Department in December 2019. He spent two years prior to that at the Grimes County Sheriff’s Office and graduated from TEEX Basic Peace Officer Course.

Funeral Plans

The following information has been released by the City of Navasota and Lindley-Robertson-Holt Funeral Home

Visitation

Lie in State

Funeral

Memorials

  • City of Navasota Foundation
    • PO Box 910, Navasota, TX 77868

In lieu of flowers please contribute to William’s funeral expenses. His family will be making a donation in his honor to a Thin Blue Line Hero Fund once he is laid to rest.

According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, the crash happened around 5:15 p.m. Monday about three miles west of Sturgis. The accident left two people dead, including 22-year-old Cooper. Troopers say Cooper was headed westbound on his motorcycle when he lost control of his bike while taking a curve, crossed the center line, and crashed into two eastbound motorcycles.

According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, a 55-year-old man driving the eastbound motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene. Cooper was airlifted to a Rapid City hospital where he later passed away. The third driver received serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

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