Jack C. Goodman

  • Born: October 18, 1926
  • Died: September 4, 2014
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705

Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family

A bright, warm light, Jack C. Goodman, 87, suddenly joined his Savior on September 4, 2014. Born October 18, 1926 in New Jersey and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, he graduated from high school and was drafted by the United States Army in 1944, serving as a member of the 50th Infantry Scout Dog Platoon during WWII. While stationed at Camp Swift near Bastrop in 1945, he met the love of his life, a fourth generation Texan named Vada Helen Barnes, at the USO dance in the Crystal Ballroom of the Driskill Hotel. It was love at first sight and their wedding on December 20, 1947 launched a marriage that stretched over six decades and was characterized throughout by a love, romance, and devotion rarely seen. They were true companions and partners in this life. He lived the next 67 years in Austin and exemplified the saying "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could".

He was preceded in death by his wife Vada Helen Barnes Goodman, infant son Robert Jay Goodman, father Emery Goodman, mother Pearl Goodman Ross, and sisters Hortense Golsen Richmond, Marjorie Robinson, and Jolaine Schickram.

He is survived by those he loved so much: son Jack Alan Goodman, daughter Linda Goodman Dryden and son-in-law Buddy Dryden, adored grandsons Hunter Dryden and Creighton Dryden, brother and sister-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Robert Goodman, nephews Emery Goodman,Larry Golsen, Charles Golsen, Don Robinson, and Maynard "Buddy" Sandol, nieces Lynn Eastlund and Sandra Tobia, great nephews Jeff and Ethan Goodman, and more extended family and friends than one can count.

In enrolling in the University of Texas School of Engineering in 1946, Daddy found his second love – the Texas Longhorns. He and Mother were devoted fans, rarely missing a home football, basketball, or baseball game. In our family, Texas-OU Weekend was an official holiday and Daddy attended 56 consecutive annual treks to Dallas, then missing a few as he cared for Mother in her struggle with Alzheimer's. After her death in 2010, he resumed his annual pilgrimage, relishing in the 2013 Longhorn victory at what turned out to be his final OU game.

After graduating from UT with a degree in Civil Engineering, Dad formed a general partnership in Architecture and Engineering with his brother in law Jay W. Barnes and friends Robert Landes and Lamar Youngblood. As the firm of Barnes, Landes, Goodman and Youngblood, they specialized in churches, schools, and hospitals in the Austin and surrounding cities for four decades.

He was committed to serving his community and church. Blessed with integrity and leadership skills, Daddy served as President of the University Area Kiwanis Club, member of the City of Austin Planning Commission, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Mary Hardin Baylor University, President of the Construction Specifications Institute Austin Chapter, and Chairman of the Deacon Board at First Baptist Church, Austin, Texas. Church was the place of his primary investment of time, talent and energy, and his contributions to FBC are innumerable. In his later years, he was devoted to weekly service at The Gathering, a respite for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers.

By any standard, Daddy had a successful life, but it was because of who he was, not what he did. He was the most kind, sweet, loving, and humble man, and he expressed these attributes consistently and gracefully, whether in his professional, social, or personal life. His formula was simple - trust God, love and serve others unconditionally, live in gratitude for things large and small, respond with amazement at the world around you, practice humility and forgiveness, find contentment in all circumstances and persevere, giving to life its fullest expression. As Mother frequently said, "Jack Goodman really is a good man." He was that and so much more - a precious gem who we will miss until we meet again in Heaven.

The burial will be Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Walnut Creek Baptist Church Cemetery 12062 North Lamar in Austin. A memorial service celebrating his life will follow at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity Street, Austin officiated by Reverend Dr. Roger Paynter, Senior Pastor. The family will greet friends at a short reception at the church following the ceremony.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Jay Barnes, Jr., Jay Barnes, III, Phil Dawson, Buddy Dryden, Hunter Dryden, Creighton Dryden, Scott Clay, Scotty Clay, Terry Colley, Frank Del Rio, Dr. Jim Crout, Mike Hail, Doug Keenan, Bobby Landes, Sarah Landes, Suzy McLaughlin, Tony Melli, Pete Peterson, Miguel Reynoso, Don Searles, Dr. Ralph Smith, Troy Wappler, Rogers Wilson, all the members of "The Bum's" Coffee Table and the Friday night Tres Amigos Gang.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to First Baptist Church of Austin Foundation, 901 Trinity Street, 78701 or The Gathering-Alzheimer's Day Out Program of Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church, 7127 Bee Caves Road, 78746.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to hear of this wonderful man passing. The Goodman family hold such a special place in my heart. A true loving gentleman with a kind Christian spirit. I know he is dancing with Helen now.

Posted by Marilyn Matthews Suttles - conroe, TX   October 18, 2014

I grew up in First Baptist from infancy, and knew Jack as a kind man. Truly a rare icon. Although I moved from Austin in my formative years, Jack was probably the reason I took drafting and mechanical engineering classes, I always respected him.

For Jack Allen and Linda, you must be so proud to have a father like that in your life. I am sorry for you that he is now gone.

Posted by John Kirby - sanger, TX - Friend   September 15, 2014

Undoubtably the finest man most of us will know in our lifetime. He was a blessing to all he came in contact with throughout his life, and now moved on to heaven to reunite with the love of his life. We here left behind will miss you Jack Goodman!

Posted by A friend   September 11, 2014

It was such an honor to have met and served with Jack at the Gathering every Tuesday. Everything about him was pure love, and kindness. His impish grin and smiling eyes, always brought a smile and warm and loved feeling to everyone he met. I am happy to have had a wonderful dance with Jack at the Gathering a few weeks ago. He was the real thing on the dance floor, as in life. He chose God to be with him in everything he did in life. His Godly spirit was, and continues to be contagious! With much Love, Kathy Murphy

Posted by Kathy Murphy - Austin, TX   September 11, 2014


"If you can't say something good about a person, don't say anything at all," Jack would always say. He set a Christian model of grace, mercy, and acceptance for all of us around him.
We are honored to have known him and to have been enriched by his radiance. God certainly blessed us when he entered our lives!
With much love and affection,
Cindy Hager and Dick Metzger

Posted by Cindy Hager - Austin, TX - Neighbor and friend   September 10, 2014

Jack taught me the value of architecture, professionalism and living life. I am, no doubt, a better architect because of Jack.

Please accept our thoughts and prayers from our family to yours.

Bonny and Doug Gray

Posted by Bonita Tice Gray - Austin, TX - collegue   September 09, 2014

Blessings from the Braziels. When we think of Jack, we think very happy thoughts.
He was always so upbeat and kind. It was such a shock to hear about Jack, having seen him less than a week ago. What a legacy he leaves for family and friends.

In His love and ours,
Kay and John

Posted by Kay Braziel    September 09, 2014

Posted by Mary Sue Rose    September 09, 2014

Linda, Jack, All..."A bright, warm light"...so true. Many, many great memories and times with Jack and Helen. They defined the word "Class", lived the word "Love" and taught the word "Kind". It's hard to split the words Jack & Helen. Just doesn't seem right. We all know this is Jack's passing, but Helen was - and is - so much of who Jack was one can't really do that and do either justice. But for a moment we'll think about Jack and know that wheather in concert with Helen or standing alone, Jack Goodman was truly a kind man, a man without pretensions, a man without judgements, a man without grudges. He indeed lived as he taught and was what he held to be true and right. I remember many Sunday mornings sitting on Jack's lap "driving" that long-nosed burnt orange T-Bird down to First Baptist Church, being "volunteered" by Jack to pull some usher duty in the Sunday service. I remember many good times and we all are blessed by the goodness that was - and remains - Jack C. Goodman. Jack, for that, I thank you. We love you. We know what the Good Lord said to you when He welcomed you into Heaven: "Well done, Jack, well done". Godspeed to you, Jack. You will be missed.

Posted by Scott, Karen & Daniel (Cain) - Austin, TX - Godson   September 09, 2014

Linda and Jack, I remember your dad and mother well as I spent so much time around your house when we all lived on Vine. Wonderful childhood memories of their love and generosity to the neighborhood kids. Holidays were always special on the block because of your parents parent's enthusiasm for them. I was so awed by the Halloween and Christmas decor that they displayed.

My dad also called on your dad because of both of their lines of business. He had the greatest respect for your dad's integrity. Amazing that I can remember that from so long ago. That just means the great impact your family had for me. I am blessed to have had those experiences.

God bless you and yours as you say goodbye to a remarkable father and man.
Becky Dodgen Barnes

Posted by Becky Dodgen Barnes - meadowlakes, TX - friend   September 09, 2014

Jack was my "Deacon of the Day" when I rejoined FBC many years ago, and he and I giggled about his being "my" deacon ever after. The entire Goodman/Landes/Barnes clan was so special, and each member wonderful folks.\I was privileged to have seen and visited with Jack just recently, at the Downers' reunion/celebration, and he was in his usual rare form: funny, caring, sweet, silly, etc. How blessed I have been to have been one of many many friends of Jack's.
Jack Alan and Linda, you are in my prayers and thoughts.

Posted by Susan Moses Godbey - Buda, TX - long-time friend   September 09, 2014

Dear Linda and Goodman Family Members,
I was shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of your dad. Jack one of the most sincere and friendly people I've ever known in Austin. Perhaps it was because we were both born in New Jersey but came to Texas as soon as we could... Or perhaps it was because we both loved rooting for UT and Westlake sports teamsBut there was always something positive to chat with Jack about.
Ironically, just one week ago I had the most pleasant conversation with Jack as he waited for Hunter to join him for dinner at Hat Creek Burgers. I thought how wonderful it must be for a fine young man like Hunter to take the time to have dinner with his grandfather. Jack looked and sounded great. He seemed so very happy, especially when Hunter walked in the door.
From reading your loving and tender obituary of Jack's life, I was reminded of Jack's many special qualities. For decades, Jack and Helen were among my favorite couples to see at countless UT games and Westlake youth sporting events. Jack was an amazing man and yet another perfect example of why the men of his era are rightly called America's greatest generation. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless. Your friend, August Petersen

Posted by August Petersen - Austin, TX - long time friend   September 09, 2014

Thank you. Jack, for your service to our country.

Posted by Col George O Lewis, USAF (Ret) - Austin, TX - Friend   September 09, 2014

A dear, sweet man and great leader. I'm sorry, 87 yrs. wasn't long enough for us to have him. We miss him terribly and our prayers are with you, Goodmans, Drydens, Barneses, and extended family. A great loss for us all...

Posted by Carol Hawkins Vaughan - Austin, TX   September 09, 2014



The passing of a dear friend bring these thoughts to mind,
Of the goodness in this life that he leaves for us all to find,
A man of gentle persuasion with Christian faith his life live,
The very best of life's offering to all who knew him did give.

And loving gifts of his offerings for him were never too much,
A man of honor who with the blessings of life stayed in touch,
Blessings he used wisely that with faith in God did embrace,
In life's trials and tribulations each day with his God did face.

Each day for him an adventure greeted with care and a smile,
His caring left no doubt would walk with you your last mile,
Never any anger or rancor against anyone by him ever heard,
He lived his life to the very fullest to teachings of Jesus word.

His hand held out in friendship his best always trying to do,
Will miss this man of the ages whose stature matched by few,
To honor Jack's memory to celebrate or mourn is our choice,
He savored the joys of living so mourn not his life but rejoice.

Rejoice in the fruits of the friendships Jack to us did display,
With his joining us at life's table all that he brought our way,
Set for us all good example of how through life we should go,
To live life with God's blessings Jack with his living did show.

Tony Melli

More thoughts to ease my mind from the sorrow of losing a good friend.

Posted by Tony Melli - Austin, TX - FRIEND   September 08, 2014

I was fortunate to meet Mr. Goodman early in my construction career. My family has been in the construction business in Austin for a number of years. BLGY was and is one of the leading design firms in Austin. My meeting with Mr. Goodman was facilitated by my Father, Vernon Wattinger, who like Mr. Goodman was a UT Civil Engineer. I know thru my family's business dealing of Mr. Goodman's strong character and sense of fairness. My dad always told me what a fine and fair man he was (and he was right).
Many years later, my Father was diagnosed with dementia and began attending The Gathering. Mr. Goodman was always patient and kind with my dad and my father always looked forward to attending the weekly visits to interact with his friends and Mr. Goodman. Jack was always very nice and supportive to my Mother and helped her in her caregiving to my dad.
I would always see Mr. Goodman at the home games for Westlake and he would always ask about my dad. I could tell that he truly cared for him.
I was extremely sad to see of his passing and would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Mr. Goodman's family. I can tell by the obituary that he was a very loved man who left a mark on many individuals and who also was a very good businessman and who left his mark on many buildings in this area.

Posted by Trey Wattinger - Austin - friend   September 08, 2014

Rest in peace, dearest Jack. You were the best brother-in-law in the world, and I know we loved and respected each other for all of the sixty-five years that I knew you. I will mourn and miss you.

Posted by A friend   September 08, 2014

I was at the lecture at the library and he certainly enjoyed talking about his service in the military and the dogs. Seemed to be a really good man

Posted by kevin moomaw - austin   September 08, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss. It was a great pleasure getting to know Jack while volunteering at The Gathering. He was such a kind man who will be missed by all

Posted by Jeana Hinch - Austin   September 08, 2014


Jack was a very caring and loving person to all those he came in contact with; he will be missed by many.

Prayers for his family and all his friends.

Posted by Michelle Sweda Zahler - Round Rock, TX   September 08, 2014

When my mom, Dorothy Andrews, was dying of Alzheimer's in 2012, Jack Goodman was at her nursing home visiting a friend when I ran into him and told him about my mom who was long time member of First Baptist Church. He asked me what room she was in and went to visit her. She died later that week and I saw Jack at her service that week at First Baptist Church. It lifted my spirits and I know that it lifted my mom's spirits when he visited her that last week. God bless you Jack Goodman and peace be with his family. What a wonderful and caring man.

Posted by Jonthy Andrews-Williams - Austin   September 08, 2014

Dear Linda and Jack,
Sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. Your parents were some of our favorite people ... Warm, generous, hospitable, fun-loving, creative, and so much more. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you move through the journey ahead.

Posted by Elizabeth Denham Thompson - Littleton, CO - Friends from First Baptist   September 08, 2014

Linda, my sympathy to you and your family. Your dad was a wonderful man.

Posted by yvonne Hanover boatner - TX   September 08, 2014

I am very sad. I just had spoken with him at the mailboxes Wednesday. I asked how he was, his reply with a great big smile was, "I'm happy! So I can't complain". He was Jack after all......

Posted by "Summer" Fisher - Austin, TX - friend and neighbor   September 08, 2014

Dear God


Jack Goodman - he is not here anymore,
Came to an end his life on earth's score,
And when that score in triumph you add,
The joys he brought ease emotions of sad.

He was a man who in God did believe,
With Christianity his life he did weave,
As through each day with God he did go,
The goodness of love to all he did show.

Linda these words come easily to mind,
From all the good of your father to find,
In scheme of life a big part your dad play,
A man of stature who in memory will stay.

Your dad's life had great value and worth,
He touched all who he met on this earth,
And since in God with his life did invest,
With God and your mother is now at rest.

Jack we know our prayers you will hear,
You will be missed by us all that is clear,
Will be missed by friends who you knew,
Oh how blessed we all were to know you!!!

Tony Melli

In the memory of a dear and beloved friend Jack Goodman.

Posted by Tony Melli - Austin, TX - FRIEND   September 08, 2014

I attended the program Thursday night, where Mr. Goodman made his final presentation. Although I didn't know him before that evening, it was very obvious that he was happy to be there, telling the story of his time with the canine corp. I can only hope that I might be so fortunate: to die quickly and painlessly while doing something I loved, with family nearby.

Posted by Pamela Mathison - Austin, TX   September 07, 2014


Jack was such a wonderful man. Words cannot express my admiration of him. He was so kind and giving; with a smile you would never forget.
Jack and Vada Helen are inspirations of how to love and live life.

Thank you Jack.
With love

Posted by Christina Baxter - Austin, TX - Family   September 07, 2014


Our friend, Jack Goodman was a very special man. Jack touched many lives with his loving & unselfish ways. Jack was one of those rare men who always extended a helping hand. Looking back on my own life, I ask myself who influenced my life in a meaningful way. Jack would be there as he made an impact on my life in a very meaningful way.. Jack was a friend to many. If you knew Jack, you were always blessed to be in his presence.. Jack will rest with Helen now as GOD has called him home. Jack's spirit & memory will live on in the hearts of his family & friends forever.

Don Ames

Posted by Don Ames - Austin, TX - Friend   September 07, 2014

There are too many memories to relate... Jack was truly a man with a heart for Christ. His humble, selfless life is an example for all. He was so proud and grateful for his family, as you well know, Linda. All of his Gathering friends, and we are also his family, will miss jack terribly. God bless....

Posted by Joan Tomson - Austin, TX   September 07, 2014

A longtime friend, mentor and icon passed this week. Jack Goodman. Jack and Helen Goodman were mentors all through my early years in life. So many wonderful memories of both of them. When I went back to First Baptist Church in Austin for the reunion service for our former choral directors, I got a chance to speak to him briefly and shake his hand. I remember thinking how much he was the same as he had always been. Kind, unassuming, the same Jack Goodman I had always known. He was very successful professionally, but was always humble. What a great man and great way to live.

Posted by Jim Weynandt - Dallas, TX - Longtime friend   September 07, 2014


The Goodmans have been long time friends of mine for over 45 years. We have shared each others joys and sorrows over those many years. I'm so happy I was able to give Jack one final hug a few weeks ago when I saw him at a celebration at First Baptist Church. I am happy that he was able to live each day to the fullest up to the end. To Jack Alan and Linda Kay and their family, I offer my heartfelt condolences and my prayer that God would comfort them and give them His loving peace.

Posted by Bette Pritchett - Austin, TX - Friend   September 07, 2014

Jack and I are so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He and your mother were always so friendly toward us while we were on staff at FBC. He will be missed so much by so many. Our prayers are with your family at this time.

Posted by Judy Davis - Austin, TX   September 07, 2014

I lived with the Goodmans during the spring semester of 1970, my senior year at Austin High School. My parents let me go home to Austin for my senior year, rather than spending it in Westfield, NJ, where they had moved. I started my senior year with another family, but they unexpectedly moved out of Austin at the end of the fall semester. The Goodmans stepped in and said I could live with them. Linda Goodman (Dryden) and I were the same age and had grown up together. So Jack was my "dad" for a time. He was a wonderful person, full of fun, and always willing to help people. The love and dedication he showed taking care of his wife, Helen, during the last few years of his life was truly amazing. It left me in awe. He will be greatly missed, but I think his spirit will infuse the people of First Baptist Church in Austin for a long, long time. Love you, Jack.

Posted by Toni Moore - Tyler, TX - Long-time friend   September 07, 2014

Jack Allen , Linda and family we will miss this giant of a man. He meant so much to Bill and I and was an incredible role model in everything he did. We lived him so.

Posted by Bill and Camille Miller - austin, TX - friends   September 07, 2014

I had been filming Jack's talk about the design and building of the "new" church in 1968-69 and one day we were driving around downtown to take photos of previous locations and the land the church had owned and exchanged in the three-way trade. My son, then a sixth month old was riding along. I got out at one sight to take photos, leaving he and Jack in the car and when I returned, Jack was on his knees in the front seat, leaning over the seat to assist E with his paci and talking to him. His manner was as if this is just what you did and no big deal. It was so sweet. Recently, Jack had been on me about helping me with with the archives and I was so looking forward to his help. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Amie King - Austin, TX - Fellow FBCer   September 07, 2014

I'll always remember that Jack was one of the people at First Baptist that respected me and encouraged me to assist with the Samaritan Counseling Center and FBC Austin Foundation. He also let my son hunt on his ranch when our family wasn't able to provide that experience for him. He honored the homeless by serving lunch at the Austin Baptist Chapel. I'm sorry that I don't have more time to learn from him, and I know you will miss him greatly.

Posted by Debra Watkins - Austin, TX - Friend   September 06, 2014