Stan Goode, a longtime Bozeman resident, passed away June 28, 2013 at the age of 94 of lung cancer.
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He was born in Santa Ana, Calif. on Dec. 22, 1918, and attended Santa Ana High School, graduating as an honor student in 1936, lettering in four sports, then attended Stanford University for four years, majoring in economics. During these depression years, he worked his way washing dishes, waiting tables, typing for professors, selling advertising, and operating a store. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and played on the rugby team for three years.
In 1940, he married Jean Sutherland in San Francisco, and then settled in Orange County, Calif., where they resided until 1942 when he volunteered to serve in the Army. Entering as a private he was assigned to the 938th Engineer Battalion. Following promotions to the rank of sergeant, he graduated from the Army Engineer Officer Training School as a 2nd Lieutenant, trained as a combat platoon leader. He then went to the Pacific Theater with the 2811th Engineers, eventually becoming Commanding Officer. During the Luzon Campaign, his company was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for outstanding performance under combat conditions. He earned a Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal. During the occupation of Japan, he served as Operations Officer in charge of Japan's largest marine fuel terminal. In 1946, he returned to Santa Ana and re-entered the appraisal profession with his father, who was a highly respected pioneer in the real estate field. After intensive training and many years of experience as a real estate appraiser, he served as president of the Southern California Chapter of the American Institute of Appraisers, and also as Regional Vice President and member of the Governing Council. He was a recipient of the prestigious Meritorious Service Award for exemplary professional conduct and for his devotion to teaching ethics and professional skills. His major interests included family activities, fly fishing, horticulture, western history, piano, handball, body surfing, BBQ design and cooking.
In 1959, while appraising the assets of the Irvine Company, he made trips to Bozeman to inspect the Flying D Ranch and discovered the Madison River, which he has fly fished every year since. In 1972, he and Jean built a home on the Continental Divide overlooking Henry's Lake. Shortly thereafter they settled into year-round living with three of their five children and four grandchildren nearby. In 1983, Jean was diagnosed with cancer, requiring surgery and treatment in Bozeman, later requiring a move into town. She passed away in 1996.
He was a past president of the Orange County Sportsman's Club, Stanford Club, and Toastmasters, and was a longtime member of Rotary and Elks. He raised an excess of eight million dollars for the Stanford University Endowment Fund.
In 1999, he was married to longtime family friend Juanita Blower, continuing to live in Bozeman at Henry's Lake.
Stan was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley Goode, Sr. and Betty E. Goode of Santa Ana, Calif.; and a sister, Betty Knight of Sun City, Ariz.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita of Bozeman; son, Sam Goode of Townsend; daughters, Cindy Goode of Bozeman, Melissa Buehler of Island Park, Idaho, Amanda Goode of Encinitas, Calif., and Virginia Bryant of West Sacramento, Calif.; step-son, John Blower of St. Anthony, Idaho; six grandchildren, Jake Goode of Belgrade, Mont., Simone Dominguez of Manhattan, Mont., Celeste Richardson of Manhattan, Mont., Sunny Jaye of Vacaville, Calif., Eric Bryant of Butte, Mont., and Keith Bryant of Pleasant Hill, Calif.; and six great-grandchildren.
He will live in our hearts forever, but Heaven is where he belongs now.
Memorials in Stan's name may be made to Hospice c/o Bozeman Deaconess Foundation, 931 Highland Blvd, Ste. 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715.
Private family services will be held. Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 2, 2013