John A. Goffrier|
September 7, 1923 - March 31, 2014
Early Monday, March 31, 2014 life-long Salem resident John A Goffrier went to be with his Lord and Savior in heaven. John, born in Portland, Oregon on September 7, 1923, was the second of 3 children born to Arthur and Myrtle Goffrier and very shortly after his birth the family moved to Salem. John graduated from Salem High School and then Merrit Davis School of Commerce in banking and economics and following his graduation went to work for Ladd and Bush Bank in Salem. In 1943 John attended the United States Merchant Marine Officers School at Kings Point, New York and as a Merchant Marine officer in World War II served his country as the business and medical officer on Liberty ships in both the Atlantic and Pacific wars. In April, 1945 John married Betty Clark of Salem Oregon and they made good the vow, "till death do you part." They had 3 children.
In 1958 John opened the first New York Stock Exchange office in Salem, Walston & Co. During his more than 30 year career he served as the Salem Branch Manager and a Broker and Investment Advisor. In 1973 he was elected to the NASD District Business Conduct Committee and served as an NASD Arbitrator.
John served his State for 8 years as a member and chairman of the Oregon State Board of Parole and Probation, first appointed to the position by then Governor Mark Hatfield and later by Governor Tom McCall. During that period John was appointed to the National Council of Crime and Delinquency's Advisory Council on Parole and Probation.
John served his local community as a board member of the Salem YMCA, the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army and as a "reading buddy" to struggling young students at Highland Grade School.
John was a life long and active member of First Baptist Church in Salem, served for 12 years on the Board of Trustees of Western Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary, and a decade on the Board of the NorthWest Conservative Baptist Association.
John was a devoted husband and father. He rarely, if ever, missed his childrens' choir and band concerts, athletic events and awards ceremonies. He spent endless hours with his kids in crumby old wooden boats untangling fishing lines and baiting hooks, and later, teaching the family to water ski and salmon fish in the family boat. He played hundreds of games of HORSE and an equal number of ping pong games with his kids. John served as a great example and mentor to his children, stressing honesty, courtesy and ethics.
John Goffrier lived an active full life and his service and influence will be seen and felt for years to come by many who knew him. He is survived by his wife Betty, sons John Robin and Timothy Scott Goffrier, younger brother Robert R Goffrier, six grandsons and 11 great grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his daughter JoAnne Elizabeth DeSchweinitz and his older sister Alice Buel.
Contributions may be made to Salem First Baptist Church Building Fund or the Salvation Army.
A memorial service will held at 11:00 AM on Monday April 14, 2014 at the First Baptist Church, Salem, Oregon . Private interment was at Willamette National Cemetery. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Apr. 2, 2014