John C. “Jack” Goodspeed, 95, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2012, at the Canyonlands Care Center from causes incident to age.
Jack was born on Jan. 31, 1917, in Moab, to John C. and Beula Miller Goodspeed Caillet. He lived in Moab his entire life with the exception of short residences in Azusa, Calif. and Gold Hills, Ore. He had an exceptional memory for the old history of Moab and was a consulting source for a book written on the settling of Moab.
He was a huge football and baseball enthusiast and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Jack worked in the uranium mining industry for years, and when community leaders encouraged the Hollywood movie companies to use Moab and surrounding areas for location shooting Jack became the Union Steward in charge of employing all transportation – drivers and wranglers – as well as arranging for the required number of horses and cattle. He personally drove every director and had a warm affection for John Ford. Jack was given a plaque for 40 years of exemplary service. He finished his work career at Texas Gulf Sulphur.
Jack was the father of eight children: Curtis (Freeda) Goodspeed (deceased), Tyrone Goodspeed, Janet (Keith) Himmelberger, Sharon Scott, Christine (Bill) Shupe, Robert Goodspeed, (deceased), Joseph Goodspeed, and Phillip Goodspeed. He left a large posterity of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Jack will truly be missed.
Funeral services will be held Friday March 16 at 11 a.m. at Spanish Valley Mortuary, with a viewing starting at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Grand Valley Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.