Donald Max Goff, age 85 of Homewood, Illinois, passed away on August 22, 2016. Beloved husband of 60 years to Joyce (nee Warren), loving father of Douglas (Debra), David (Amy), Kenneth (Ann), Robert (Donna), and Kristin (Jason) Simon, and proud grandfather of Danielle, Natalie, Kate, Nicholas, Kathryn, Will, Joshua, Sarah, Thomas and Skylar. Born in Chicago on March 11, 1931, Don earned his BS and MA degrees from the University of Illinois. Served his country in the US Army's 1st Division. Retired in 1992 as District Manager for Illinois Bell. Spent 8 years at South Suburban College, five as Executive Director of the College Foundation. Former director of First National Bank, Chicago Heights, Board Chairman of NewStar Services, Chicago Heights, and Past President of the Rotary Club of Chicago Heights. Project Manager for the Executive Service Corps, Chicago, and served as Trustee for the Village of Homewood from 1988-1997. Served as Chairman of the Village Community Relations Commission for 17 years. Past President of the United Way of Chicago Heights, past President of Homewood Baseball, Inc., where he managed and coached for 17 years. Served as a board member for the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, past chairman of the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, was chairman for the Third Airport Alliance, past chairman and founding member of Chicago Southland Regional Economic Development Coordinating Council. Founding member of the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau. Elected in 1964-68 as the Republican Ward Committeeman for the 8th Ward, Chicago. Member, Executive Reserve, US Dept. of Commerce from 1967-1992. Member of Chicago Heights Masonic Lodge #851 for 65 years. Pastoral Elder at Living Springs Community Church and formerly at the First Presbyterian Church of Homewood. Don sang in church choirs for 70 years. Member of the South Holland Master Chorale. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Living Springs Community Church, 19051 S. Halsted, Glenwood, Illinois 60425 on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 4:00 P.M. Family will receive friends following the Celebration of Life Service from 5:00 P.M. until 9:30 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to NewStar Services, 1005 West End Ave., Chicago Heights, Ill.60411, The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, 17 N. State St., Suite 650, Chicago, IL 60602 or The South Suburban Humane Society, 1103 W. End Ave., Chicago Heights, IL 60411.
Published by Chicago Tribune on Aug. 26, 2016.