Machiel Cornelis Goudriaan |
Max passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on April 18, 2013.
He was born October 14, 1935 in Rotterdam, Holland to Pieter and Dina Goudriaan. Max immigrated to the United States with his parents and younger sister in 1954 when their parents decided to leave Holland after the second World War. Soon after arriving in Salt Lake, he decided to enlist in the army and went back to Europe to serve his new country. While serving as Medic in the US Army in Germany, he met his sweetheart, Inge Nürnberger. They were married in Schweinfurt on December 21, 1957 at St. Johannis Kirche.
Max dedicated his life to serving his country, community and his family. After serving his tour of duty with the US Army he brought his German bride and their baby son back to the United States and settled down in Salt Lake City. He worked for the Federal Government in the Bureau of Reclamation, volunteered as a Boy Scout leader and as a Division Captain for the Coast Guard Auxiliary. After retiring from work his wife Inge developed Alzheimer's disease and Max became her caregiver for many years, until he was diagnosed with lung cancer and could no longer care for her. He spent his last days with his wife at St. Joseph Villa.
He is survived by his loving wife; two children Larry (Connie) Goudriaan, and Silvia (Brad) Bunkall; five grandchildren, Kimberly, Nichole, Christopher, Victoria and Brittany; four great-grandchildren Hunter, Addyson, Landen and Tucker; sister Dini (Marcelo) Droguett and two loving nieces Yvonne Zody and Sonya Droguett.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father.
He was a devoted and kind husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and will be deeply missed by all.
A viewing and celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, April 23rd from 6:00-8:00PM at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, Salt Lake City. Funeral Services will also be held at Starks Funeral Parlor on Wednesday, April 24th at 11:00AM. He will be laid to rest at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 1342 East 500 South, Salt Lake City.
The family wished to express their sincere appreciation to Inspiration Hospice and the caring, compassionate staff at St. Joseph's Villa.
"Slaap rustig, lieve man, Fader, Groetfader and Broer... Wy zullen je erg missen."
Rest peacefully, sweet Husband, Father, Grandfather and Brother... We will miss you dearly."
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.starksfuneral.com
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Apr. 21, 2013