Tom Sr. L. Goddard
January 22, 1945 - December 17, 2011
The distinguished gentleman, Tom L. Goddard Sr., went home to his heavenly father on Dec. 17, 2011. Mr. Goddard was born Jan. 22, 1945, in Casper, Wyo. to Les and Lucille Goddard, along with 13 brothers and sisters. He lived in Cahone, Colo. during his childhood, as well as the Denver Children’s Home.
While living in Cortez, Colo., he met and married Leslie Kay Doddard and had four children, Michael, Teresa, Sheila and Tommy Jr.
While married to Kay, Mr. Goddard was a long haul truck driver for 18 years. During his many adventures in truck driving, Mr. Goddard found God and spent the rest of his life serving the Lord.
When he was no longer able to drive a truck, he went back to school to earn his associate of arts and bachelor’s of arts degrees and finally his master’s in social work.
He put those skills along with his genuine care and concern for people to good use in many different areas. He was coordinator for Hospice of Prescott, Rim Country Hospice, a consultant for ADL’s Home Care and Caregiver Training, social services director of Vista Grande Rehab Care Center, assisted living coordinator of Pinal/Gila County Long Term Care, Rim Country Hotline owner/manager, Powell House assisted living manager, social services director of Payson Regional Medical Center and Payson Care Center, college instructor, developer and coordinator of the Literacy Program in Chino Valley, and finally to finish off his bucket list, pastoral counselor and chaplain.
While working as a counselor at Rim Country Guidance Center he met Sharon Foster. She gave him hell and he fell deeply in love. They traveled to California to marry and were blessed with 11 spiritual, happy years together until her death in 1996. They built their dream home on “God’s Mountain” for their combined families to call home.
Mr. Goddard truly loved Payson and dedicated many years of service to bettering the community. Although he left a few times, life always led him back home to the ponderosa pine trees of Payson.
Mr. Goddard is survived by his children, Michael Goddard of Canon City, Colo., Teresa (Bill) Blakney of Strawberry, Ariz., Sheila (Stanley) Sparks of Cortez, Colo., Tommy Lee Goddard Jr., of Cortez, Colo., and Bobbi (Joe) Hlavacek of Payson, whom he also considered a daughter. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Elias, Cassandra, Angelica, Kody, Racheal, Nicholas, Sarah, Michael, Elizabeth and his first great-grandson, Aiden.
Services for Mr. Goddard will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22 at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 901 S. Westerly Rd., Payson.