Paul Thomas Godinez
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April 27, 1960 - March 3, 2013
Paul Thomas Godinez, 52, passed away March 3, 2013, in Brea, California after a long, courageous battle from MRSA infection and other complications.
Paul was born in Santa Maria, California, the second son of Peter and Patricia Godinez. He grew up in West Covina with his older brother Peter, younger sister Patrice, younger brother Patrick, and lifelong friends and neighbors. Paul loved family vacations the most, whether it was relaxing around Mission Bay or racing down the slopes in Lake Tahoe. After years of youth sports, Paul carried on the family tradition running the men's 440 yard relay anchor leg on the track team at West Covina High School, where he graduated in 1978. He attended Cal Poly Pomona before he embarked on his career in cable advertising sales.
Loved for his humble, gentle spirit, Paul didn't seek the limelight or accolades; instead, he always sought the good in everyone else. Paul loved to laugh and cheer people up by goofing around, and his laugh and smile were infectious. Loyalty to family and friends was Paul's gift to everyone he touched. Paul had a quiet strength about him. He was remarkably polite, and listened attentively when he asked how you were doing, because he genuinely cared. He knew how to make some good noise, too - an avid drummer since 13, his first passion was making music with his band.
One passion led to another, and Paul fell in love with and married Marissa Cazares, mother of his children, Mario, 30, and Nicole, 29. He loved being a dad more than anything, sharing love of family, music, cars, the Clippers, and supporting his kids in all their endeavors. Paul was also blessed with grandsons Jake, 6, Adrian, 3, and 1-month-old granddaughter, Sofia.
Paul is survived by his parents, Peter and Patricia Godinez of Anaheim Hills; brother Peter and Elaine Godinez of Ventura; sister Patrice and Bob Painter of Yorba Linda; brother Patrick Godinez of Alta Loma; ex-wife Marissa Cazares Godinez of West Covina; son Mario and Legia Godinez of West Covina; daughter Nicole Godinez of Pasadena; and grandchildren Jake, Adrian and Sofia.
Memorial Service Saturday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church 344 West Workman Avenue, Covina 91723.
In lieu of flowers, and in honor of Paul and his favorite dog, Gia, please adopt a pet from a shelter or make a donation to Best Friends Animal Shelter (http://bfla.bestfriends.org).
Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Mar. 8, 2013