Services will be 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, at First Baptist Church in Pampa with Pastor Buzz Busby, pastor of Cowkids For Christ, and Pastor Paul Nachtigall, pastor of Highland Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors and Crematory.
Kooper was born Feb. 25, 2008 in Amarillo to Kaysi and Tommy Preston. He attended Austin Elementary and was currently in the seventh grade at Pampa Junior High. Kooper wore the #44 jersey for the seventh grade football team. He also had a love for baseball, as he played catcher and short stop for the Pampa Patriots wearing #38.
Kooper was also involved in Tri State Region 1 Rodeo Association where he participated in bull riding and steer wrestling. He was the type of kid that wanted the rankest bull he could get and the strongest steer. During his time at rodeos, he also became involved in Cowkids For Christ. He also enjoyed fishing with his Papa and wake boarding.
Kooper loved to live life to the fullest and loved being around people. His family was so important him and he always gave them a hug and told them he loved them. Kooper had some really good friends and he loved each of them. He will be missed dearly by all of his family and friends.
He is survived by his parents, Tommy and Kaysi Preston of White Deer; two brothers, Kade Preston of White Deer and Riggan Preston and wife Alisyn of Fairbanks, Alaska; two sisters, Meggan Gonzales and husband Morgan and Ashley Preston, all of Lubbock; his Nana and Papa, Steve and Shirley Fueglein of Pampa; his Granny and Poppy, Stanley and Cathy Nelson of Hart; great-grandmother, Marie Winsett of Hobart, Okla.; aunt and uncle, John and Laura Laurant of Clovis, N.M.; three nieces, Makenna, Maicen, and Merritt Gonzales; and two nephews, Maddox Gonzales and Brantley Preston.
Memorials can be sent to Kooper Zane Preston Youth Scholarship Fund, c/o Happy State Bank, 1125 N. Hobart, Pampa, Texas 79065 or Cowkids For Christ, 901 Ottawa Trail, Amarillo, Texas 79118.