David Arlow Goodwin (Dave), passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on the morning of October 17, 2023 surrounded by his loving family at his home in Fairview, Utah.
With Dave’s passing, so ends the era of the Grover, Utah Goodwins; all passed away into the graduation of this life.
Dave was born on May 19, 1934, in Bicknell, Utah to Lewis Adams Goodwin and Thisbe Alicia Hanks. Having been born 9th of 10 children and raised in the fading hours of the wild west, Dave enjoyed an upbringing of a loving family in a humble home on a farm afoot the redrock and mountains of southern Utah. Here he developed a love for the outdoors, honest hard work, and a sense of adventure that would shape his life and that of his future family.
After his early education in a one room school-house/chapel and the great yet sometimes mischievous adventures amongst the backdrop of southern Utah, Dave’s parents moved to Ephriam, Utah in pursuit of better opportunity for their children. There Dave graduated from high school and went on to attend Snow College as a 3 sport athlete. He then transferred to BYU and ultimately graduated from the University of Utah, but was a lifelong BYU sports fan.
Dave served in the US Army, stationed in Alaska during the Korean War protecting the US coast and playing baseball. He then served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Canada Toronto Mission under then mission president Thomas S. Monson where he further developed his love of service and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
After his service Dave met and fell in love with Lee Anne Taylor at an M Men & Gleaner Party (Young Single Adult hay-ride). They were married and sealed in the Manti Utah temple on May 12, 1960 and immediately started their family. Dave and Lee Anne moved further north staying close to family and eventually settled down in the Sugarhouse suburb of Salt Lake City where they raised their 8 children.
Dave loved his time in the neighborhood of the Monument Park 5th Ward where he served in several callings including his time in the bishopric and as bishop. He loved the people he served and considered them to be his dear friends; always volunteering his time and that of his family to the service of his fellow brothers and sisters of that special community. As bishop, he took walks around the neighborhood and noted the needs of ward members. There was never a driveway that didn’t receive his attention.
Dave used his degree and education in business and marketing to earn a living in various capacities, including working in the purchasing departments of the University of Utah and the hospitals of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; spending the majority of his career with Intermountain Health Care, helping establish Amerinet, and retiring as Director of Purchasing.
All time was precious to Dave. He filled it with useful talents, hobbies and activities. His love of sports, whether coaching or playing, in the earlier half of his life or on the ski slopes, golfing greens or woodworking throughout the latter half of his life. No grandchild or neighbor kid found themselves in need of a stool with their name on it or a wooden rubber-band rifle.
Having grown up on a farm, as did his wife Lee Anne, they returned to the countryside where he enjoyed a long retirement in Fairview, Utah. He spent countless hours in his woodshop and on the golf course. Dave continued to share his love for the outdoors and sport by establishing the Junior Golf program in his community that provided an opportunity for many youth to experience and get involved with the great outdoors and an active lifestyle.
Dave had very few casual acquaintances in his life. He preferred to really come to know those around him in his community and many considered Dave to be a true and close friend. He took the time to get to know all the little things that make up a person and cherish their talents and kindness that they embodied. Dave will be missed by all that truly got to know of his goodness and genuine nature.
Dave is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lee Anne Taylor Goodwin, children, Gordon Goodwin, Janilee Goodwin (Larry), Linda McKean (David), Gary Goodwin (Robynn), Pamela Papenfuss (Mark), Leslie Conover (Russell), and Matt Goodwin (Erin), daughter-in-law Hilary Goodwin, 36 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his son Cory Goodwin and daughter-in-law Karen Abegg Goodwin with whom he is now reunited.
As a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ, Dave’s influence will be felt for generations to come. He will be sorely missed.
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 20, 2023 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints chapel, 461 N 300 W, Mount Pleasant, Utah 84647. A viewing will be held from 9:00-10:30 am for friends and family. The memorial service will start at 11:00.
Interment will be at 3:00 pm at the Fillmore City Cemetery, 350 E 600 S, Fillmore, Utah 84631.