“We have generations of clients,” said Craig Cooper, owner of C.C. Cooper & Sons.
The insurance company has been in business for 67 years — that’s three generations of the Cooper family. It was founded by Craig’s dad, Clarence Cooper, who came to Davis in 1918. Clarence returned to Davis in 1945 after serving in World War II and began doing insurance paperwork at a car dealership. In 1946, C.C. Cooper & Sons opened for business on F Street.
Davis history is completely intertwined with the Cooper family. For instance, Clarence was raised in the 80-year-old Cooper House, a Georgian colonial-style home at the northwest corner of Fourth and F streets in downtown Davis. And C.C. Cooper & Sons’ office was part of the historic Varsity Theatre building on Second Street from 1946 to 2005.
The first family member to join Clarence’s team was his son, Richard Cooper, who came into the business in 1968 after serving three years in the U.S. Army and studying for two years at Sacramento State University. Richard worked at C.C. Cooper & Sons for 34 years and retired in 2003 at the age of 56.
The insurance company continues to provide quality insurance for homeowners and renters, as well as auto, commercial auto, moble home, flood, one-day event and general liability insurance. The agency is now run by Craig, his daughter, Tristan Cordodor, as well as his son, Channon Cooper. Craig’s wife Toni also helps with phone calls and paperwork when the office gets busy.
Today, the fourth generation of Coopers are dipping their toes into the family workplace. Tristan’s daughters — Kaycee, 7, and Mikenna, 3 — as well as Channon’s daughter — Jasmyn Cooper — sometimes deliver papers to their grandpa Craig’s desk.
The early history of the Cooper family, including pictures of old Davis, are framed in Craig’s office for his clients to see.