Daniel José Godoy, 69, proud former Marine Corps Sgt. and prolific playwright, died on February 16, 2021. He graduated 1965 from Hardy Prep (Chicago) and played football at Loyola Academy (Wilmette, IL) before returning to his birthplace of New Orleans and graduating from Redemptorist High School 1969. He attended LSU, but withdrew to join the USMC for a 3-year tour during the Vietnam War, earning a National Defense Service Medal and a Meritorious Unit Citation. After his military service, Dan attended Loyola University (N.O.) where he met his mentor, Drama Professor Don Brady. Though Dan worked in the medical and hotel fields, his true passion was writing. His plays, nearly two dozen of them, were inspired by his deep connection with his Catholic upbringing, his extensive reading and his life experiences. His works, mostly one act plays, were staged in venues across New Orleans, including Le Chat Noir, Le Petite Theatre, and Southern Rep. His entry in the 1st New Southern Plays Festival received special recognition, and in 1992 he was honored by New Orleans Magazine as "A Person To Watch". Health issues compelled Dan to spend the last decade and a half of his life in nursing homes. Hurricane Katrina forced his evacuation from New Orleans to Baton Rouge in 2005. Dan is survived by brother Alfonso Godoy (Rancy Boyd-Snee), sister Yvonne Godoy-Ramos, niece Vanessa Almiñana Francingues (Wayne Francingues, Jr.) and great niece, Alexandra Catherine Francingues. Dan enjoyed the many friends he made at both the Catholic-Presbyterian Apartments and his favorite hang-out, Spanish Town Market. May his memory be eternal.
Published by The Times-Picayune from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2021.
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MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
My heart was deeply saddened by Dan's passing. We worked together at One Shell Sq. Dan, you always had me laughing. You had me develop my interest in baseball again by your love of the Chicago Cubs. I wish we would have made that trip to Wrigley to sit close to your favorite player in right field, Sammy Sosa! We had some great times together, talking baseball, fishing, and hanging out. I wish we could have stayed in touch more often. I'll miss you Dan, a true brother.
June 20, 2021
Our paths crossed at Hotel Dieu Hospital where Dan and I were clerks. He lived to work on his plays and poems, but he seldom missed a opportunity to meet with office friends after work on Fridays for a drink or two or three. He invited all to enjoy performances of his one-act plays. I thought his writings were tight pieces of work and often wondered when he would have his collection published. Even after losing touch, I would occasionally check B&N for his works under local writers and later, via the internet. He was a beautiful man, inside and out. I am glad to have known him.
February 23, 2021
I am sorry to see this; my best to Yvonne and Alfonso.
February 22, 2021
Dan would carpool with me to Hotel Dieu Hospital, as we lived around the corner from each other. I knew his health wasn’t the greatest before Katrina, as I left my hometown and re-located to Dallas. I remember when he bought, probably, one of the first Apple computers to work on his playwriting. Dan was a good guy, an American Veteran who was proud to be a Marine. His plays were pretty good too. My prayers are with his family.
Sandy Sander: Dallas TX
February 22, 2021
Al and family, So sorry to hear of Dan's passing. I tried to stay in touch with him over the years and it became more difficult when he went into the nursing facility. Anyway, he was always fun to be around. One of the sharpest wits I've ever known. I have many fond memories of him! Will miss him!