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Many thanks to the friends and colleagues who’ve shared their memories and photos of our brother, Joe Cochrane. We love to hear your stories, and we welcome more of them. Joe died far too young after a year of declining health, but we will remember him for the remarkable life he led, not just as a brother, son, husband and father, but as a vibrant, charismatic soul and a passionate journalist.
Joe was laid to rest in a ceremony over the weekend in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he has lived for many years with his beloved wife, Yuliana Cochrane, and his son, Sean. His family in the United States will hold a celebration of his life in the Washington, D.C., area in the spring of 2022. We will post more details at that time for those who would like to join us. For now, in lieu of flowers, we invite you to make a donation in Joe’s name to your favorite charity. Thank you.
– The Cochrane Family
Joseph John Cochrane (Sept. 25, 1968 – Nov. 12, 2021)
Jakarta, Indonesia — Joseph John Cochrane passed away on Nov. 12, 2021 (EST) in Jakarta, Indonesia, after a year of declining health. He was 53.
Joe was born on Sept. 25, 1968, the youngest of 10 children, to Edward Francis Cochrane and Catherine Ethel (Daly) Cochrane, in Great Falls, Virginia, USA. He graduated from Langley High School and earned his B.A. in Journalism from Virginia Commonwealth University. Joe was a self-professed “news junky” who began his career at newspapers in central Colorado and then took his considerable talents abroad, covering Indonesia and Southeast Asia for more than two decades for the world’s leading global publications, including Newsweek magazine, The Economist, and the Wall Street Journal Asia.
For many years he served as a war correspondent, doing multiple tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Later in his career, he was the founding editor of the Jakarta Globe newspaper and Strategic Review: The Indonesian Journal of Leadership, Policy and World Affairs. He also worked as the Indonesia correspondent for The New York Times. He was the 2016 co-winner of The Society of Publishers in Asia Awards for Editorial Excellence for breaking news reporting.
Joe was a vibrant, unforgettable character, from his early days as the lead singer in a high school band, to his travels around the globe as a “gonzo journalist,” to his passion for mixed martial arts. He lived many years essentially out of a backpack, but then fell in love and settled in Jakarta with his wife, Yuliana “Ana.” His son Sean soon followed, and he became the primary subject of any “reporting” Joe did thereafter. He loved his family.
In addition to Ana and Sean, Joe leaves behind an extended family in Jakarta that welcomed him and truly made Indonesia his home.
In the United States, he leaves behind an oversized family who will miss him sorely. Joe was predeceased by his father, Edward, at the age of nine. He is survived by his 90-year-old mother Catherine, the much-loved matriarch of the Cochrane family. His siblings and siblings-in-law include: Michael and Sheila Cochrane; Eileen and Allen Snyder; Kathleen and Jerry Bonds; Matthew and Zenda Cochrane; Mary and Steve Cassaday; Edward, Jr., and Jane Cochrane; Patrick and Suzanne Cochrane; Jean Cochrane; and Kelly Cochrane-Collar. He also leaves 13 nieces and nephews, and their spouses; four great-nieces; three great-nephews; and many beloved cousins.
Joe’s Jakarta family held a burial service on Nov. 13, 2021. His American family will have a celebration of his life in the spring of 2022, and details will be announced on Facebook. In the meantime, friends are invited to post remembrances on the Facebook page for “Joseph Cochrane.” In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Joe’s name to a favorite charity.