Joe Cochran (1954 – 2023)

Joe Cochran Teaches Children

Joe Cochran at Dow GardensTeacher, mentor, plantsman; father, grandfather, and friend. Joe’s unexpected passing was a shock to all. Joe is missed. His smile would brighten the room. Joe was hard working and dedicated. While working at Secrest, Joe started many new programs, was invaluable to Ken in the aftermath of the tornado and helped start the Secrest Master Gardener volunteer program. Upon Ken Cochran’s retirement, Joe took the helm of Secrest until a permanent curator could be found. He encouraged many to pursue their horticultural curiosities  and brought out the best in the Secrest staff and volunteers. Joe’s impact on Secrest will be felt for decades to come. Join us in extending sympathies to Joe’s family.

--Paul Snyder, Operations Manager