John Miles Goddard, 54, of Idaho Falls, passed from this life with his "Jen" at his side Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah.
John was born Sept. 27, 1959, at Odgen, Utah, to George Joseph "Joe" Goddard and Rosalie Larsen Goddard.
He was raised in Malad, Rexburg and Idaho Falls and spent his summers in Island Park. He graduated from Idaho Falls High School.
He loved life and all outdoor activities, especially riding Harleys, motorcycles, four-wheelers, camping, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and boating. Sporting clays were his specialty, and he had the distinction of being a master class shooter. John was a previous board member of the Skyline Gun Club of Idaho Falls and was a member of the Elks Lodge in Idaho Falls.
John married Fran Olsen, and together they had a daughter, Brooke; they later divorced.
He then married Jennifer Joy Boyle in San Antonio and became a father to stepson Dalton Wilson.
During his childhood and throughout his life, he experienced numerous health challenges and always met them head-on with a "can-do" attitude. His smile, positive attitude and genuine concern for others were a great inspiration to all, including other cancer and diabetic patients.
He spent countless hours with friends sharing and enjoying their friendship. He had the unique ability to make everyone he met feel as if they were in his inner circle. John did not have friends; he had "best friends." One of John's fondest destinations was the getaways to "El Rancho Del Gringo," and the numerous friends who joined him.
He spent 30 years working for Leisure Time Inc. of Idaho Falls and earned the reputation of being the very best salesman ever, and his voice was very familiar to radio audiences throughout Idaho as he always ended his ad saying, "Don't forget -- you'll be glad you did." He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Goddard; daughter, Brooke Goddard; stepson, Dalton Wilson; parents, Joe and Rosalie Goddard; brother, Dan Goddard; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and brother, Derlin Goddard.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, and at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, and all those who helped him through his life.
Services will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Idaho Falls LDS Woodruff 3rd Ward, 2055 Coronado St. The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 S. Ammon Road, and from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Saturday prior to services at the church. Interment will be in Sugar City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Teton Cancer Institute, Rocky Mountain Diabetes Center or the Rocky Mountain Middle School Autism Program. See funeral home website for donation information.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.