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Goings, Donald 7/27/1947 - 6/6/2020 Ann Arbor Donald Carl Goings, known to family and friends affectionately as D.C., passed away at his home in Ann Arbor on June 6th, 2020 from Laryngeal Cancer. D.C. was born on July 27, 1947 in Ypsilanti, Michigan to Edmond and Roberta Goings (now deceased). He graduated from Roosevelt Elementary and High School, a teacher training lab of Eastern Michigan University, located on EMU's Campus. As a teenager he spent two years living in Mogadishu, Somalia, where his father trained teachers in a collaboration with EMU and USAID. This experience shaped his life. Living in East Africa as a minority awoke a global consciousness that formed his attitudes about social justice, respect and diversity, as well as a love of other cultures. When he returned to the USA as a student at EMU, he was a member of Students for a Democratic Society. He protested the Vietnam war and advocated for change. This activism followed him later in life in his liberal thinking and politics. He was a supporter of the Democratic party, and a voter registration volunteer. He felt strongly that "to achieve peace in society, you must have peace in your heart, and work toward peace in your community." D.C. followed his passion for photography into a lifelong profession, first as a news photographer in Arizona, and later as a photographer for the University of Michigan in many capacities for 30 years. He also did professional photography work for Sports Illustrated and other print publications. He had the opportunity to photograph many dignitaries, including three days spent with the Dalai Lama, which profoundly and positively impacted him. He left us many exquisite and meaningful photographs. He loved his profession second only to his family and friends. He took glowing pride in his children who embody his strength of character, compassion, social responsibility, and global community. He taught them well with much love. He was devoted to his wife Lin, and they enjoyed numerous adventures together. D.C. had a curious, lively spirit. He loved to travel, to converse equally with friends and strangers, and was an adept storyteller of many fabulous tales. In his last few years, he found joy driving to the local parks with his dog, in his 1987 Alfa Romeo with the top down. We miss him, his stories, and his love. We hope he has found peace. D.C. is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda Goings, his children Dylan and Jules Goings, older brother David Goings, sisters Janet Rummins and Nancy Goings, and his dog Treso. There will be a gathering to remember D.C. when times allow such a gathering to be attended safely. If you wish to make a donation in his honor, the ACLU, Sierra Club or Clean Water Action are charities he passionately supported.

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Published in Ann Arbor News from Jun. 27 to Jun. 28, 2020.
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July 10, 2020
I was happy to visit with DC in March.
Love you man!
Marc Sundquist
Friend
July 10, 2020
Part of me went with you dear friend.
How am I going to remember all those stories, all by myself?
Marc Sundquist
Friend
July 2, 2020
Condolences to Linda, Dylan, Jules, and the entire family.

I am John Sweet, Donnie's first cousin from Maryland near Washington, D.C. Although I hadn't seen him in years I remember Donnie well when visiting and Uncle Ed and Aunt Roberta's house in Michigan. Donnie came to visit us in Maryland in the mid-60's when he was on a "grand tour" traveling around the States. He was a little older than me and I always thought he was a "cool" cousin, especially the time he took me in a convertible to get root beer at an A&W drive in! Memories.

Incidentally, I have been working on a Sweet/Gundrum/Goings, etc. family tree on Ancestry for several years now. If any relatives see this and want to contact me, please do. Always looking for updates to fill in the blanks. Would love to hear from you!

jjdjsweet@comcast.net
John Sweet
Family
July 1, 2020
I met DC while working at the University of Michigan Business School Development & Alumni Relations Office and DC was photographer for an Emeritus Luncheon. We had a history professor speak about his interviews of WWII veterans and almost all of the audience were WWII veterans. His book was about how WWII veterans saw horrible things (as in all wars) and yet they wrote letters to their loved ones and glossed things over - lots of small talk. DC heard the last 15 - 20 min of the presentation. As you probably can imagine the alums were very quiet compared to the lively group that I interacted with at the registration desk. DC was a professional with much kindness - it took awhile for the alums to gather on the stairs (walkers and 3 or 4 alums in wheelchairs). DC told a few jokes and suddenly (my perception) the alums were more relaxed. When I saw the photos I was surprised at how many excellent shots there were ! I'd see him occassionally at Business School events and one time at UMMA looking at an exhibit - he was a compassionate man, smart and quick-witted. I'm very glad that I knew him.
Jill Crane
Friend
July 1, 2020
I first met Donnie in kindergarten. He was always so full of enthusiasm and energy even back then. It makes me happy to see how well his life turned out, that he went on great adventures, got married to Lin, also an accomplished photographer, and became a Dad. That his work was described as exquisite and he was so well loved by family, friends and colleagues. Good for you Donnie!
Mary Schieve
Classmate
June 30, 2020
Condolences and prayers from the class of 1964, RHS to the family and friends of Don So sad to here of Don's passing. Will always be remembered.
Bill Sinkule III
Friend
June 30, 2020
Mr. Goings,
I saw your obituary and confirmed you were Roberta's son! She was my teacher @ Thurston Elementary in Ypsilanti. She always told us of the summers in Africa. It was always fascinating! You were blessed with the experiences your parents provided. Your work as an adult will never be forgotten by those that knew you...Travel well, Mr. Goings...
John Kinder
John Kinder
June 29, 2020
Donnie and Lin were my neighbors on Hutchins, both were amazing photographers! What resonates after so many years was Donnies powerful sense of humor and incredible insight; a truly unique and talented man. A life told in pictures - a legacy to cherish. Mary Patthoff Fitzgerald-Asheville NC
Mary Patthoff Fitzgerald
June 29, 2020
Donnie and I attended school together Kindergarten through 4th grade and were best friends. Starting with 5th grade I transferred to Willow Run and we lost touch with each other. Even in those early years he was bright, adventuresome and obviously intelligent. I am happy htat he ws about to lead such an adventurous, successful life. Rest in peace, dear friend.
Fred Spike
Classmate
June 28, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of the death of another RHS grad. I remember Don from high school, I was a couple of years ahead of him. I remember him as being a good sport.
Mary Van Black Uhl
Acquaintance
June 28, 2020
y condolences to the entire Goings family.
Dee Vayda
Friend
June 28, 2020
DC was always a ray of sunshine and laughter. Our condolences to Lin and the whole Goings family.
Dave Mason & Mary Weed
Friend
June 28, 2020
An amazing person and beautiful spirit - our family is forever changed by his passing. We love you. Rest in peaceful love and light xoxo Crissy
Crissy Rummins Fredrickson
Family
June 28, 2020
I remember when both of us worked at UM Photo Services. He was a great photographer and a hard-working darkroom technician. DC had a wry way of looking at life, and I enjoyed that. We often had a laugh together almost daily. I loved his "Passport Blinkers" collection--if someone blinked they couldn't use the photo, but he added it to the group (so many smiling people w/closed eyes!) I also remember a time when we needed to move some furniture to N.Campus. I brought my rather rough old rusty Ford V-8 pickup to the dock, so DC and Paul could load it up. I told him about some of it's idiosyncrasies (don't fill the gas tank more than 3/4 full, etc.) while he pulled out the empty ashtray. It flew across the cab! He and I started laughing even harder when he remarked, "Paul LOVES working w/quality equipment!". I assisted DC in a few outside jobs, but mostly worked w/him at UM. We helped him put a roof on his and Lynn's house on Hutchins. DC also did a formal portrait of Jay and me that is my favorite photo of the two of us. We also found out our childhood homes in Ypsi were only a few blocks apart. I know he loved his family; he and Lynn used to send us their unique Happy New Year photo postcards that were always fun to see! I want to add that I feel that DC was a friend, in addition to being my co-worker. He was a fun guy to know.
Pamela Sinclair
Coworker
June 28, 2020
DC Goings was a deep and dear friend of mine for fifty years. In our youth we had many an adventure, and as the years rolled by, an abiding love and true spiritual connection. He was a musician, and artist and a rapscallion, one steeped in philosophy and humor, possessed of an immense heart and a loving soul. He said to me that true friendship lies outside the bounds of time. I revel in the time we had together. I miss him always. May he rest in peace.
Joshua Mertz
Friend
June 28, 2020
omg lynn I am so so so sorry. dc was definitely one of a kind and you two had a great thing with each other. what a huge hole in your life and heart. I'm sending you much love.
vicki honeyman
June 28, 2020
D.C. was a dear dear friend for many many years. The wonderful memories of time with all of you over the course of that special friendship will always live in our hearts. We remember the joy that music brought to D.C. The smile that took over his face, the bopping to every single beat, the singing along and the whooping after the music to show his appreciation to the musician. That image will live in ours hearts forever. My heart breaks for the family who loved him so deeply. We will also remember his warm hugs, his "TTFN" and him flashing a peace sign after time spent together. Peace , Love and Ta Ta For Now, D.C.
cathy cieglo
Friend
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