The day after Christmas marked the passing of Paul Goodell, Sr.,
known to friends and family as "Dik".
Dad passed away at age 81, following a short illness.
Dad left Minnesota to enlist in the US Navy during World War II,
seeing action in the South Pacific aboard the submarine
Following the War, Dad remained in the Navy, married and raised a family, while stationed
mostly at the Pearl Harbor
Submarine Base in Hawaii.
After a 20-year career in the Navy, Dad moved the family to California,
where he accumulated a second 20-year career working for the
Lawrence Livermore National Lab.
He then was fortunate enough to enjoy a retirement career longer than either of those!
Active in his children's lives, Dad was a Boy Scout leader and also an active
member of the Concord High School Band Boosters. In later years he was an avid
fan of his grandchildren's sports activities, attending many soccer, gymnastics,
baseball and softball events.
Dad was a member of the US Submarine Veterans of WWII,
and attended reunions of the USS Bumper and the USS Rasher.
||Dad's dog, Aku, gives him some help opening Christmas gifts.
||Scout leaders on a campout.
||Helping Dad blow out his candles on his birthday.
(Dad didn't care much for cake, so always got a birthday pie.)
||A legacy of military service.
Dad with his father and stepmother, Kenneth and Emily.
This photo was taken at Kenneth's retirement from the US Army.
||Dad with his son, Rik, who served in the US Air Force.
||Dik Goodell's final sea tour was aboard the
while stationed in Pearl Harbor.
Posted by Dan 01/15/2008, revised 01/27/2008 by Dan