David McAlister Goodfellow

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David McAlister Goodfellow, 85, passed away on March 16, 2013. He was born on November 5, 1927 to Annavar McAlister Goodfellow and Royal Wood Goodfellow. He graduated from Burlingame High School (Orange Co., CA) in 1944. He served in the Naval Reserves in WWII from 1945-1946 and in active duty in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict from 1950-1953. He was also a Colonel in the Confederate Air Force. He received a BBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin in 1954. David, a Certified Professional Landman, worked as a Senior Landman for Continental Oil Company from 1955-1985 and was a member of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen and Permian Basin Landmen's Association. David met Emily Phillips Fortescue at a Midland Ski Club meeting in 1960. He was an avid snow skier and downhill skied up to the age of 79. David and Emily married on July 24, 1961 in Port Arthur, TX, and enjoyed 51 wonderful years together that included travel adventures across the United States to play golf and research family history. David was a loving father to his daughters, Emily and Annie. He was well loved and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife Emily, his daughter Emily Goodfellow Beard, her husband Alan Beard, his grandson Jackson Barnett Beard, and granddaughter Avery Goodfellow Beard of Cypress, TX, by his daughter Annie Goodfellow Houghton and her husband John Houghton of Ruidoso, NM, his brother Robert W. Goodfellow and his wife Joanne of Dallas, TX. A private memorial service for the family will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, TX. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the High Sky Children's Ranch, 8701 W C R 60, Midland, TX, 79706, The Petroleum Museum of Midland, 1500 W IH 20, Midland, TX 79701, or a charity of your choosing.

Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on Mar. 19, 2013
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