David Jarrell Goforth
David Jarrell Goforth of Mission Viejo, formerly of Long Beach, California. Beloved father, husband, grandfather, and friend, passed away Friday, August 16th, after a courageous battle with renal cell cancer. David is survived by his loving wife Julie, his daughters, Emily Lloyd (Christopher) and Sara Garcia (Zach), son Adam (Ashley), 5 grandchildren, brothers Scott and Todd, sister Stephanie, father Jerry, and numerous friends and family. Born July 13th, 1951, in Long Beach, California to Jerry and Bobbie Goforth, David graduated from Millikan High School in 1969, where he excelled in cross country. On November 10th, 1973, he married the love of his life and began his family. David was an avid runner, completing more than 30 marathons in the US and abroad. He continued to run after his diagnosis, completing his most recent half-marathon within 6 months of his passing. True to his steadfast nature, David retired after 40 years of service to State Farm Insurance. In his retirement, David loved spending time with his family, especially his 5 grandchildren. Testament to David's many gifts, attributes, and life-long friendships will be found in the memories his friends and loved ones will carry forever. Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Aug. 23, 2013