Thomas Eugene Goodwin was born on August 6, 1939 to Vivian Franklin and Laura Lee Goodwin in East Prairie, Missouri. He passed away peacefully in Fresno, CA on May 24, 2017 at the age of 77. Thomas was known as Gene to his family and friends.
Gene married the love of his life, Gwen, in 1957. They welcomed their daughter, Kathy, in 1960 and their son, Alan, in 1963. They moved from Upland, CA to Firebaugh, CA in 1969 where Gene farmed for Gwen’s father. Soon after, Gene took a job at Firebaugh Equipment where he spent the next 27 years working as a tractor mechanic for International Harvester and Case.
Gene is preceded in death by his first wife, Gwen Goodwin, of 43 years.
Gene is survived by his children Kathy Oliver and husband Scott of Merced and Alan Goodwin and wife LeAnne of Fresno.
Gene is also survived by his grandchildren Stephanie Maertens and husband Mitch, Michelle Oliver, Tess Shelley and husband Chris, Heidi Goodwin, Brad Goodwin, great-grandson Shane Maertens and Gene’s former wife of 10 years, Marihelen Goodwin. Gene is also survived by his older brother Frank Goodwin of Wyoming and his younger sister Diane Armbruster of California as well as many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.
Services will be held Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Jay Chapel in Madera, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Gene’s honor to Alzheimer’s Foundation of Central California, P.O. Box 3438, Fresno, CA 93650.