Air Force Veteran Gary Goodman passed away on September 10, 2013. He was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa and moved to California in the mid 60's. Gary was best known for owning and operating his own business since 1971, Merit Trophies & Awards located in Santa Rosa for 42 years. Gary took great pride in designing his own trophies and engraving each one by hand. He was passionate about his business and about all sports, especially golf and pool. Gary literally lived up to his name. He was a "Good Man" who lived a "Good Life." Gary will be missed by all who knew and loved him. There will be a day of remembrance on Saturday November 23, 2013 at the Wagon Wheel Saloon. Please join us for a happy celebration.

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Nov. 17 to Nov. 18, 2013