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Obituary for Reese J Goodwin

Reese J Goodwin, beloved husband, father and grandfather, completed his mortal mission on October 14, 2019. He was born September 19, 1932, in Blackfoot, Idaho the seventh son and eighth child of Joseph Edgar and Helen Edna Parsons Goodwin. At the age of 6, he moved with his family to Idaho Falls where his father was hired as the first carpenter on the Idaho Falls Temple. He learned the construction trade from his father, skills which served him well in building 2 homes of his own. Just 13 days after his 16th birthday, his father and next oldest brother Lennis were tragically killed in an automobile accident returning from a job site building chapels in Arco, Idaho.

After graduation from high school, he enrolled at BYU for a semester before being called as a missionary to the Northwestern States Mission at 19 years old. Not long after his departure, his mother was called to the same mission. They served together and were released at the same time. Reese returned to BYU to continue his education in civil engineering, but was soon drafted into the military where he spent most of his time in Germany.

On February 12, 1958, he was set up on a blind date with Charlotte Owen. They dated a few times before Reese became smitten with her - she wasn't as sure about him. Nevertheless, he proposed in October and they were married May 19, 1959. Reese was finally able to return to BYU to complete his BA and MS degree in engineering. By the time he completed his Masters degree he was teaching part time in the Civil Engineering department. He later completed his doctorate at the University of Utah.

Upon graduation, he returned to Idaho Falls to work for his brothers in the construction business. Before long, BYU called offering him a faculty position with tenure if he would come back. In 1966, he returned to Provo for good. He built the home he and his family have resided in for the past 52 years. Reese taught structural engineering for over 35 years and was a favorite instructor. He was often honored by his students with "The open door" award as he kept his office door open and willingly helped any student who was struggling in any class.

A lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he faithfully served in many capacities: Elders Quorum President, Ward and Stake Executive Secretary, Bishop, High Councilor. His favorite service was in the Provo Temple, first as an endowment worker, then as a coordinator, and finally as a sealer. He cherished his time as a sealer and faithfully fulfilled his calling until the advancement of Alzheimer's disease required him to be released in 2016.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Charlotte. His children Greg, Laura, Doug and Rebecca and their spouses. His grandchildren, McKenzie, Alexandria, Hunter, Abbie, Maddie and Hannah Evans, Annie and Gracie McConnell, and Rachel and Joseph Goodwin. He was preceded in death by his parents, his 6 brothers, his sister, and two granddaughters Elizabeth and Lucy Goodwin.

The family would like to thank Scott Davis from Home Instead for his devoted care of Dad for the past 9 months and to the team at Elevation Hospice (Laura, Michelle, Joylyn, Debbie) for all their support.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday October 19, at the Oak Hills 9th Ward Chapel, 1960 North 1500 East, Provo, Utah. There will be a viewing from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18, at the church, and from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday prior to the services. Interment will be at Eastlawn Memorial Cemetery, Provo, Utah.