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Jack C. Goodman
  • 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.

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“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...Read More »
1 of 36 | Posted by: Marilyn Matthews Suttles - conroe, TX

“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...Read More »
2 of 36 | Posted by: John Kirby - sanger, TX - Friend

“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...Read More »
3 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
4 of 36 | Posted by: Kathy Murphy - Austin, TX

“"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...Read More »
5 of 36 | Posted by: Cindy Hager - Austin, TX

“Jack taught me the value of architecture, professionalism and living life. I am, no doubt, a better architect because of Jack. Please accept our...Read More »
6 of 36 | Posted by: Bonita Tice Gray - Austin, TX

“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...Read More »
7 of 36 | Posted by: Kay Braziel

Canine Soldiers Presentation at the Carver Branch APL
8 of 36 | Posted by: Mary Sue Rose

“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...Read More »
9 of 36 | Posted by: Scott, Karen & Daniel (Cain) - TX

“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...Read More »
10 of 36 | Posted by: Becky Dodgen Barnes - meadowlakes, TX

“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...Read More »
11 of 36 | Posted by: Susan Moses Godbey - Buda, TX

“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...Read More »
12 of 36 | Posted by: August Petersen - Austin, TX

“Thank you. Jack, for your service to our country. ”
13 of 36 | Posted by: Col George O Lewis, USAF (Ret) - TX

“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,...Read More »
14 of 36 | Posted by: Carol Hawkins Vaughan - Austin, TX

“Rejoice 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...Read More »
15 of 36 | Posted by: Tony Melli - Austin, TX - FRIEND

“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....Read More »
16 of 36 | Posted by: Trey Wattinger - Austin - friend

“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...Read More »
17 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“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 ”
18 of 36 | Posted by: kevin moomaw - austin

“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...Read More »
19 of 36 | Posted by: Jeana Hinch - Austin

“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. ”
20 of 36 | Posted by: Michelle Sweda Zahler - TX

“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...Read More »
21 of 36 | Posted by: Jonthy Andrews-Williams - Austin

“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,...Read More »
22 of 36 | Posted by: Elizabeth Denham Thompson - CO

“Linda, my sympathy to you and your family. Your dad was a wonderful man. yvonne ”
23 of 36 | Posted by: yvonne Hanover boatner - TX

“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...Read More »
24 of 36 | Posted by: "Summer" Fisher - Austin, TX

“Dear GodBlessedJack 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...Read More »
25 of 36 | Posted by: Tony Melli - Austin, TX - FRIEND

“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...Read More »
26 of 36 | Posted by: Pamela Mathison - Austin, TX

“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...Read More »
27 of 36 | Posted by: Christina Baxter - Austin, TX

“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...Read More »
28 of 36 | Posted by: Don Ames - Austin, TX - Friend

“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...Read More »
29 of 36 | Posted by: Joan Tomson - Austin, TX

“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...Read More »
30 of 36 | Posted by: Jim Weynandt - Dallas, TX

“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...Read More »
31 of 36 | Posted by: Bette Pritchett - Austin, TX

“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...Read More »
32 of 36 | Posted by: Judy Davis - Austin, TX

“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...Read More »
33 of 36 | Posted by: Toni Moore - Tyler, TX

“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....Read More »
34 of 36 | Posted by: Bill and Camille Miller - austin, TX

“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...Read More »
35 of 36 | Posted by: Amie King - Austin, TX

“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...Read More »
36 of 36 | Posted by: Debra Watkins - Austin, TX


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.