James M. Goold (1947 - 2014)

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Goold, James M. June 12, 1947 - July 24, 2014 Survived by the love of his life for 42 years, Patricia; sons John and Steven of Dallas; sister Carolyn Reeb of Sheridan, WY; and brother Dave of Sundance, WY. Jim graduated in 1965 from Eaton High School, CO where he played football and wrestled. Introduced to hard work at an early age, he established his own cattle company (JMG) and worked for Monfort's Feed Lots during and after high school. Jim moved to Dallas in 1966 where he received his draft notice. Like so many young men that were sons of the greatest generation, he dutifully accepted his being drafted and served with honor and distinction in Viet Nam, 1967- 68. As a combat medic with the US Army's "Big Red One" 1st Infantry Division, Jim spent his tour "in the bush" providing life-saving trauma care on the battlefield, was wounded in action and received two Bronze Stars. After his release from active duty, Jim joined the Dallas Sheriff's Department and then the Addison Police Department. Jim cherished his 12 years as a peace officer and made lifelong friends. Jim's second highly successful career was in commercial real estate, lastly with CBL & Associates. Jim enjoyed 16 years of Boy Scouts with his sons, both who successfully earned Eagle Scout. Jim especially loved being with his sons and numerous other scouts on various adventures that included sailing in Key West and hiking at Philmont. As Troop Committee Chairman and Life-to-Eagle Advisor, he earned numerous personal awards and commendations. The number of scouts that made Eagle either through his direct or indirect leadership is innumerable. For over 15 years, Jim co-led St. Rita's largest ministry - Austin Street Shelter. He always served with a warm heart, smile on his face, and gentle compassion for the homeless and less fortunate that live on the streets. A man of few words, Jim was very proud of his family, friends, Dallas, the Cowboys, and of being a Texan. Jim appreciated a good story, a hearty laugh, long drives, a fine meal, a loyal dog, vacations in Hawaii and Seaside, and quality time with family and friends. Jim was always there for anyone that needed him and had a positive impact on so many, but was never one to take credit when due. A memorial service will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church, 8017 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75225, at 7:30 p.m. on 7 August 2014 - National Purple Heart Day. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Austin Street Shelter.

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Published in Dallas Morning News from July 27 to Aug. 3, 2014
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