Dr. Gerald Goodman
1933 - 2014
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Dr. Gerald Goodman
1933-2014
Salt Lake City-Gerald Neil Goodman was born on April 10, 1933, in Tucson, Arizona, to Neil Nathaniel and Mildred Webb Goodman. He passed away on December 3, 2014, after a valiant and determined fight with renal cancer. He never complained.
He met the love of his life, Lenna Elaine Jackson, while they were attending the University of Arizona. They were married on July 3, 1953, in the Mesa Arizona Temple.
After graduating from the University of Arizona, he attended medical school at the University of Utah. Dr. Goodman loved his work and approached each day enthusiastically. He was a general surgeon at Bryner Clinic and worked alongside medical school classmates Dr. David K. Miller and Dr. Kenneth Nielson. He later started Rocky Mountain Associated Physicians with Dr. Miller and worked there until his retirement. He and Dr. Miller were pioneers in bariatric surgery.
Colonel Goodman served in the armed forces. He was active in the Air Force and lived in California, Texas, Arizona, and Alaska. While in the military, he developed a love of flying planes. He was a reservist in the Army when called to active duty during the Persian Gulf War.
"Doc" Goodman was an optimistic and generous person. He was an avid journalist and kept a daily record. He was a sports fanatic. He enjoyed fast-pitch softball, basketball, diving the legendary "butt buster," snow skiing, water skiing, and boating. He also loved to watch all sports, especially if they involved his children or grandchildren. He could never get enough of scouting and serving the youth in his neighborhood. He received the Boy Scouts of America's Silver Beaver Award.
Gerry and Elaine loved to travel, and Lake Powell was one of their favorite family destinations. They served a medical mission in the North America East Area. Gerry loved the Lord and had a strong testimony that he loved to share. Upon returning from their mission, they moved into their home in Park City, fondly referred to as "the Cabin."
Gerry is survived by his wife, Elaine, and their children Rodney (Kristin) Goodman, Kevin (Jennifer) Goodman, Brenda (Brad) Eichers, Craig Goodman, Karen (Robert) Crofts, Carrie (Brett) Stephens, Susan (Eb) Rose, Cynthia (Jeremy) Grant, 29 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Gerry is also survived by his sister and brothers: Helen (Bill) Bryant, David Goodman, Nick (Mimi) Goodman, and Chris (Melanie) Goodman. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Amy; his brothers, Webb (Kathleen) Goodman and Wesley (Janice) Goodman; and his parents, Neil and Mildred Goodman.
Elaine was always at Gerry's side through life and his recent health struggles. The family expresses their gratitude to Cynthia and Jeremy Grant, who have cared for and loved Gerry in their home. Gerry was fortunate to have so many who loved him.
Funeral Services will be Monday, December 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Mt. Olympus Stake Center, 4176 So. Adonis Dr. (3950 E.)with visitation Sunday 6-8 PM and Monday 10-10:45 AM and interment to follow at Holladay Memorial Park, 4900 So. Memory Lane (2000 E). The family also wishes to thank the staff of CareSource for providing care and comfort to Gerry in his final days.Online condolences at www.larkinmortuary.com

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Dec. 5 to Dec. 7, 2014.
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December 10, 2014
i work for dr goodman and dr miller when dr goodman first started at bryner clinic a great dr and we were like family he will be missed
elizabeth mccomb
December 7, 2014
I have so many fond memories of spending time with Gerry and Elaine and their young family when Gerry was doing his internship at County General Hospital in Los Angeles. We enjoyed lots of great "taco nights" together. It wasn't uncommon for Gerry to be sewing up the forehead of one of his children on the dining room table before we ate. Oh how we loved our fun times together. What wonderful people!
Love, Aunt Shirley
December 7, 2014
Dr Goodman had such a kind demeanor about him when he came in the office, I always enjoyed seeing him. My thoughts are with the family.
Alan Seyboldt
December 7, 2014
What an accomplished, great man! My condolences to Craig and the rest of his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Jeanie Gates
December 6, 2014
Dr Goodman was our doctor when we first got married; and he performed gastric bypass on my husband many years ago. Great man! Our condolences. Joyce Young
December 5, 2014
I worked with Dr Goodman at Bryner Cinic and also was aquainted with Raline as Dr Romneys nurse. Both of them are prime examples of kind,and caring and loving people. My prayers are with his family but take comfort in knowing you will be with him again, and remember the great father, doctor and human being that he was.
Carol Koelliker
December 5, 2014
That was so enjoyable to read his life's write-up...what a wonderful life he lived...to the fullest in every sense! We sure appreciate having the opportunity to get to know him through their visits to Arizona. He will be missed by all those blessed to know such a kind, giving husband, father and friend.
Love,
The Stratford Family
December 5, 2014
Dr. Goodman saved my life twice - once with gastric bypass surgery and then colon cancer surgery. I will always be grateful to him for his skill and kindness toward me. May the Lord's choicest blessings be with you at this time of mourning.
Kathy Clayton
December 5, 2014
I am so privileged to have had Dr. Goodman and sweet Elaine as dear friends in the lives of my husband, David and I.
They were neighbors and ward members in the Silver Creek Ward.
We shared so many choice visits and life events.
Like us the central focus of their lives were their children and grand children.
We enjoyed hearing of the sports activities of their grand kids.
Gerry was especially proud of his numerous family missionaries serving the Lord through out the world.
Dr. Goodman was a stellar example of a man of God and true believer of the
Gospel of Christ.
He will be an enduring example of one who faced trials of surgery, pain and terminal illness with great courage and a positive attitude to the end.
My joy will be to meet this dear friend at a future day in a heavenly environment. Till then, God's speed my dear friend.
We will love and miss you, always.

Juanita Werrett
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