Obituaries & Tributes

David Lee Gooch

date of birth October 8 1962

date of death July 8 2019

David was born on October 8, 1962 in Salem, Oregon to Robert and Judy Gooch.

David was a well respected heavy equipment operator for over 30 years in the sand, gravel and concrete industry. He passed away unexpectedly due to natural causes while at work on Monday July 8th. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and spending time with his family, friends and his two cats. His kind, gentle and loving nature will be missed deeply by all who knew him. He

graduated from Oregon City High School in 1981.

David is survived by his sisters: Deborah L. and Rod Davis (Canby, OR) and Sandra L. and William Musa (Oregon City, OR); Nieces: Jennifer and James Bartman (Beavercreek, OR) and Danielle and Hunter Stevens (Battle Ground, WA), plus too many friends Dave considered family to list.

A service will be held July 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1285 S. Elm Street, Canby, OR.

He will be interned at a private ceremony at St. Luke's Cemetery in Woodburn, OR where he will be reunited with his parents.

How does one begin to explain adequately who David Lee Gooch was during his short time here on earth?

I guess you could simply give a short list of facts such as his name, date of birth parents, education, occupation, hobbies and date of death; but there was so much more to Dave than just a lists of facts.

Dave was born on October 8th, 1962 in the middle of the infamous Columbus Day storm.

He was the third child and only son of Robert and Judy Gooch –and one of the greatest gifts they ever brought home. (In fairness, we probably didn’t recognize that right off the bat!)

He was the little brother of two fabulous sisters (again, he probably didn’t recognize that right away either.) Okay Dave I know you are smiling at that comment!

He was a wonderful brother-in-law. Full of love and happy to have some brothers in his family –finally the boys outnumbered the girls –at least until the nieces came along.

A fantastic uncle who loved, teased and spoiled his two nieces.

A messy roommate and a true friend in every sense of the word.

He truly was the best friend you could ever have as many of you already know.

A dedicated employee and great co-worker. He was dependable, hardworking and reliable. Always quick with a smile and polite to everyone he met.

He loved animals.

He had a great sense of humor, a warm and engaging smile and a twinkle in his eyes. Gosh he almost sounds like Santa Claus, but he was even better than that.

He gave great hugs.

He hated conflict. He was usually the peace maker in our family and if he couldn’t get everyone to settle down, he left instead of getting pulled in.

He had compassion and was always willing to help any way he could.

He stuck by his word and was disappointed when others didn’t do the same.

He could be stubborn at times -I know hard to believe –huh.

He suffered from gout and he beat kidney cancer.

He liked rap music –I’m not sure why, but he did.

He was generous –sometimes to his own detriment.

He was quiet, sensitive and thoughtful.

He hated technology –and refused to give up his flip phone for one of those new fancy smart phones.

He had a huge heart and as you already know, he was a genuinely nice guy.

Dave was never married; never had a family or kids of his own, but he did have a family of friends who loved him dearly and was a brother and uncle in every sense of the word to them.

He was my sister Sandy and I’s “little brother,” but we will always look up to him.

Dave died on July 8th, 2019 from a heart attack while he was at work.

He used say “that when it’s my time to go, that I hope God takes me fast.” Who says Heavenly Father doesn’t pay attention to our prayers?

Dave always loved the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and his favorite saying from it was “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” I have no doubt that Dave has already received those wings.

We will all miss you Dave.

Until we meet again,

All my love and forever in my heart –your big sister, Deb

4 tribute candles have been lit

Candle lit by Jennifer Bartman I will miss you all the time Uncle Dave. You were the best Uncle anyone could ask for. I will miss your stories, your smile and your laughter the most. I love you for always.

Candle lit by Staff at Canby-Molalla Funeral Chapel Our sincere condolences.

Candle lit by Cherie Barquet I Love

Candle lit by Tommy LaLonde Dave, you've left us way too soon, we'll miss you.

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