Jeffrey Blaine Goold

Jeffrey Blaine Goold

Jeff passed away on November 22, 2010, surrounded by the love of his wife, Terry Lavender, daughter, Cyanna Goold and many friends and family members.

He began life November 13, 1953, in Lebanon, Oregon, born to Doris (Neustel) and Norman Goold.   He had many tales to tell of bike riding, mill ponds, the Santiam River, building forts and playing with his friends and siblings.  In the summer they worked in the fields picking beans and strawberries and Jeff was proud of the pounds he picked.  Later he worked summers on larger farms moving irrigation pipe and other chores.  He was a hard worker and found joy in what he did.

He earned a B.A. in Education at Western Oregon University and joined the Peace Corp in 1978.  He spent three years teaching in Liberia and is remembered fondly by many of his students.  After the Peace Corp, he returned to Oregon and earned a B.S. in Geology at Oregon State University.

Jeff worked for many years as a geologist and environmental engineer and was well respected for his knowledge and skills.  His passion was in his volunteer work.  He worked for peace and justice and for local environmental causes.  He was instrumental in raising funds to protect Lund’s Gulch Creek in Meadowdale Beach Park, the Paradise Valley Conservation Area in Snohomish County and Bear Creek.  He planted hundreds of trees and was generous with his time.  He spent hours just exploring and getting to know every tree  and trail.  His energy and joy were inspirational.

He and Terry enjoyed traveling and built a wonderful cabin in the North Cascade’s, Stehekin Valley where they loved to spend time and always hoped for more.  He liked Grateful Dead music, Hawaiian slack key guitar, any kind of fishing, hiking, skiing and the Cascade Mountains.  He will be missed by many.

He was preceded in death by his father Norman Goold, his stepmother, Mary Goold, his step father, Bob Smith, his step brothers, Paul and Mark Smith  and his best friend Gary Grieve.  He is survived by his daughter, Cyanna Goold of Seattle, WA; his wife, Terry Lavender of Woodinville, WA; his mother, Doris Smith of Lebanon, OR; his sister, Zoe Ann Goold Smith of Bend, OR; his brothers, Jay Goold of Anchorage, Alaska and Dwane Schwindt of Lebanon, OR and step brother, Geoff Smith of Lebanon, OR.

A celebration to honor his life will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2010, 11:30AM at the Clise

Mansion, Marymoor Park, 6046 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE, Redmond, WA.  In lieu of flowers please consider donating to “50 Elementary Scholarships for Liberian Children”; Adopt a Stream Foundation, 600 128th St. S.E., Everett, WA, 98208; Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation of Stehekin, P.O. Box 184, Manson, WA, 98831 or plant a tree in your favorite spot, support public broadcasting and get involved in making the world a greener, more compassionate place.

24 Responses to “Jeffrey Blaine Goold”

  • Sis says:

    …I love you, Jeff…and am proud to be your sister.
    Zoe Ann

  • Lea Reinsch says:

    A man after my own heart. I am sorry we never met. It’s amazing how much we had in common. I must have got my good looks from your side of the family too:) I know you are in a better place Jeff and trout and steelhead galore. Happy Fishing.

  • Rose Coughlin says:

    Jeff, you were a unique person that I could always count on to give me a novel perspective. I will miss the intensity you showed in everything you did and in the love you so deeply felt (and showed)for those you loved. Thank you for including me in your bevy of friends. I will think of you when I look at the natural beauty that is all around us and that you sought to preserve.

  • Leeann Stahn says:

    I am a friend of Zoe’s, and was sad to hear of Jeff’s passing. Sounds like he was an amazing man. Sorry I haven’t met him yet. He has left a legacy with his time here, one that benefits so many.
    My thoughts are with you all.

  • Dwane says:

    I will miss you a lot. You were one of my role models and will continue to be even more. Love, Your “Little” Brother

  • Gay Schwindt Salo says:

    So very sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. My prayers are with the family as you grieve the loss of your son, brother, husband and father. I have fond memories of Jeff from when we were kids. I recall making milk-bottle cap campaign buttons with him when he ran for Jr. High President. He had a creative side to him too. God Bless.

  • Marcia Grieve says:

    Jeff (Mr. Gooldala), I know you are with Gary (Mr. Boobala) now and are both living it up and laughing till you cry. I am lost without your wonderful laughter, good will and love. I miss you sooo much. Love you forever. Marcia (Mrs. Boobala)

  • Jeff Lavender says:

    I only had the pleasure of meeting Jeff a few times, but I always found our discussions stimulating. My sister Terry loved him dearly and I know that she will miss him. He was a great man who had strong passion for his beliefs. Rest in peace Jeff, you made a difference.

  • Jeff Neuman says:

    Count me as one of the peers who respected Jeff’s work, outlook and dedication and treasured him as a friend. I miss going desert camping, the after 5pm office debating rules, Jeff’s passion for getting involved and making the world a better place. Thinking of you and yours always.

  • John Rauch says:

    I was one of those kids that Jeff played with as a kid, what a fun and daring guy. I haven’t seen Jeff since we were in high school, but I have thought of him many times over the years. I’m sure Jeff was loved by many, and will be dearly missed.

  • Rosi Smith says:

    Jeff had the biggest smile. His eyes would dance and his cheeks would bounce. You always knew when he was close. Although we didn’t spend alot of time together, he always greeted me with a loving hug. I will miss him……….

  • Lance Tolson says:

    I had the privilege to work with Jeff for many years, and he was a rare breed – able to be forceful when needed, but never in a way that resulted in hurt feelings by anyone – as evidenced by the many friends he had in the profession.

    Jeff was also a renaissance man – he had many talents, while always realizing what was important, which was his family. I always felt better in his presence, and he will be missed.

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  • Marina Cahill says:

    I miss Jeffrey. I learned so much from him over many, many years — from politics to the Grateful Dead. There are so many things that will always remind me of Jeffrey and how much my life changed because of him. Jeffrey was a real good man.

  • Carolyn Lavender says:

    I feel fortunate that Jeff became part of my family. What a great communicator and I enjoyed very much hearing him talk. His heartfelt intensity revealed his integrity. I agreed with his perspective on the world and he cared about so much that was beyond himself. When I was around Jeff I could feel the way he was connected to the earth. I have great respect for that, all his accomplishments, and all he gave back. I am very sorry he had to go much too soon.

  • Paul Reinsch says:

    Gone Fishing. I hear the rivers in Heaven are stacked
    full of rainbows, browns, and salmon. Don’t forget to
    mend your line. We will miss you. Give our Nana a hug.

  • Donna & Jim Smith says:

    Terry and family — we’re so sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. What a great outdoorsman who will certainly be missed by all who knew him.

  • Tom Rauch says:

    The words about Jeff’s childhood are very much the same good memories I have of those years, growing up just down the road from Jeff. We were lucky to have him as a neighbor and friend back then. I haven’t seen him since those days, but it sounds like he had a very good, admirable life, and I’m sure he wiil be greatly missed by family and friends.

  • Russ Bosanko says:

    I enjoyed working with Jeff in conjunction with Paradise Valley Conservation Area as we worked to get the park open to the general public while protecting the most sensitive areas of the park. Jeff’s passion and love of the outdoors will be missed.

  • Patrick Goold says:

    Dear Terry and Cyanna,
    Last year Jeff sent me a couple of old photographs. They were of my mom and dad when the Goold brothers were logging on the Little North Fork. The photos meant a lot to me and I intended to write Jeff and thank him for this thoughtfulness. I waited too long. His dad was my favorite uncle. I hope I told Jeff that. I am sorry I let the years go by without getting to know Jeff better. It is clear he was a remarkable human being. My thoughts are with you in this time of loss.

  • Dori Weppler says:

    Hi Terry,
    In July 2005 I came for dinner at your home as Allison, Van and Sharon were visiting as well. I remember being so impressed by Jeff in his beliefs and accomplishments ~ such a great loss. He will be missed! Please accept my deep condolences to you and your family.

  • Beverlee Jackson says:

    I am a friend of Jeff’s sister Zoe Ann. Though I never met him, I am inspired by the life he led and the impact he made on the people in his life. The planet is a better place because of his dedication to the environment and the many accomplishments that accent his life.

  • Norma and Duane Uusitalo says:

    Jeff, the life force danced in your eyes, played within your grin and poured out as joy in the sound of your voice and choice of words. We did not get “the sauna” built in Stehekin or find a political answer that made sense, but you will not be forgotten!

  • Angie Dozier says:

    Jeff, although, wade an I only knew you in grade schooland as kids ,we felt so glad to of crossed paths again as adults an via your sister ,Zoe Ann another great friend from our youth,we felt such compassion for you during your journey and last days here. God made it possible for us all four to share his blessings together in good moments an the last ones so we feel oneday we will allshare another greater reunion in heaven..for all u accomplished in life just knowing you touched our hearts has been something we will not forget! we loved an pray for all your family. love and prayers always friens in life an heaven, Angie and Wade Dozier,Lake Eufaula,ok

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