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John Goodell

June 18, 1961 — November 29, 2013

Our dear brother, son, and uncle, John Calvin Goodell, 52, passed away Friday, November 29, 2013 at his home in Springville, after fighting a heroic battle with cancer.

John was born in Amarillo, Texas, on June 18, 1961, to Franklin Irvin and CaraLe (Campbell) Goodell. His family moved to Springville, Utah, in 1966. During the summer of his high school junior year, John enjoyed the hard work of harvesting pineapples in Oahu, Hawaii.

After John graduated from high school, he attended Weber Basin Job Corps studying masonry and was recommended for an apprenticeship there. In 1981 John joined the United States Navy. After completing a Naval Sea Systems Command course, he was assigned to the USS AJAX (AR-6 ) Repair ship, where he worked as a Boatswains' Mate-Rigger for 3 years. While working on the USS AJAX, he was able to travel to many places including the Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, and the Indian Ocean.

One day while at sea in the Indian Ocean Territory, John was transporting two officers from a motor boat to a naval ship during harsh weather conditions. One of the officers slipped and fell overboard, becoming completely immersed. Without regard for his own safety, John jumped in and assisted the officer to safety. He was commended for his heroic action that prevented serious injury or possibly drowning.

From 1986 to 1998, John lived in San Diego, California. While there, he worked for the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company as a machine operator. Later, he completed a course in Blueprint Reading and Aircraft Assembly, qualifying him to work for Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical manufacturing the US Army's Apache Attack helicopters.

John enjoyed fishing, watching football games, and car racing. John also loved riding motorcycles. He had a few motorcycle accidents over the years resulting with both of his hips being replaced.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was a Sunday school teacher while working in Hawaii.

Survivors include his mother, CaraLe, his brothers and sister: Gary and (Mary) Goodell, Stephen and (Theresa) Goodell, Franklin Goodell, Jr., Charles and (Roni) Goodell, and (Gene) and Rebecca Larson. He was preceded in death by his father, Franklin Irvin Goodell, his brother, Robert Wayne Goodell, his sister, Boni Lu Goodell, his niece, Tina Goodell and nephew Joseph Goodell.

We would like to thank our sister, Theresa Goodell for the selfless, loving care she gave John. We would also like to thank Nancy from Encompass Hospice for her care of John during his last days here with us.

John was a hero to all of us.

We will be having a Memorial Service for him on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 10:00a.m. It will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, 3595 N. Main Street, Spanish Fork. Interment will follow at 11:00a.m. in the Historic Springville City Cemetery.

December 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm | #

My sincerest condolences on your loss Goodell Family. It has been a rough year for both of us Steve. May you always remember the good times and cherish there memory in the days to come.

-Arthur (Wes) Engelhardt


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