David Theodore GOODWIN

6 November, 19588 October, 2021

David Goodwin passed away on Friday, October 8, 2021. He was born November 6, 1958, in Lansing, MI, the son of Gilbert A. Goodwin and Dorothy (Kinney) Goodwin.

After graduating from Dexter High School in 1976, David earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1985. He worked a variety of jobs in construction and finance, later finding a rewarding career as a financial analyst for Borders Group, Inc., where he helped set up bookstore cafes domestically and internationally.

He is best remembered by friends and family as a lifelong scholar and dedicated problem-solver, whose inexhaustible work ethic always had him balancing several large projects at once. Along with his wife, Dorothea, David built up a small, one-story building on Woodlawn Avenue into a multi-story home where his children grew up. In his basement workshop, which he described as “in a permanent state of end-stage entropy,” he labored over numerous inventions. These included a shooting target mechanism that spun as one hit each bullseye and a rotating frame that allowed him to build cedar strip canoes without the use of staples.

A talented musician, David played the violin, trumpet, banjo, bugle, guitar, bagpipes, and of course, his Civil War replica fife, which could be heard from anywhere in the Lower Burns Park neighborhood and was the inspiration for the license plate, “Fifer D,” on his beloved green Mazda Miata. David’s enduring zeal for all things Civil War stemmed from him reading the letters of his veteran ancestors at a young age. Over his lifetime, that scholarly passion led to participating in Civil War-era shooting competitions and demonstrations in full period regalia, performing with Camp Chase Fifes and Drums, and dragging his family to almost every battlefield in the U.S. His hobbies also included transcribing music by ear and writing his novel - a seafaring adventure story set in the near future.

His love of animals was extended to beloved dog and cat, the backyard birds he fed every day, and even to various neighborhood pests that he humanely re-homed, but it stopped short of a pilfering groundhog who provoked David into turning his garden into a fortress. David was a devoted husband and father who took great pride in his children’s education and accomplishments.

David is survived by his wife, Dorothea (Vincent) Goodwin; his brothers, William B. Goodwin and Mark G. Goodwin; and his children, Caitlin (Goodwin) Larson and Ryan Goodwin. A remembrance service will honor David at the home he constructed on October 24, 2 – 6 PM.


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Scott Brennan

24 October 2021

Words are never sufficient to express one's sorrow when hearing of the passing of someone so dear to so many. My most vivid memories of David are when he and his brothers would come visit us Brennans at the 'farm' in Breckenridge, ride our ill-tempered horse, and have a good ole time. Back then (talkin the sixites here) when news of the Goodwins coming to our place was made known I viewed it as those sophisticated Ann Arbor relatives coming to the hillbillys place in the sticks! :) I believe the last time I saw David was at Kim Hiemburger's house in Ithaca many years ago. When I arrived they were shooting David's musket. I was glad to reconnect with David on FB and was also glad that we shared the same political and social philosophies. Always enjoyed reading his well thought out responses to various posts and many a time me having to open up the Merriam-Webster online dictionary to look up the definition of a lot of new (to me) words! I believe David was a walking dictionary. May he rest in blessed peace and may we all have faith in the hope of seeing him again someday.

Lisa Bostian

13 October 2021

I’m so sorry to see this. What a nice man he was.

The last time we spoke he told me how much he enjoyed watching me dance years ago. I found him to be an honest caring gentleman.

I wish I had kept in touch - regrets are terrible. Rest In Peace David

James Miller

12 October 2021

I have missed our talks about history & regret we never were able to tour Virginia together.

Deb (Brennan) Waslusky

11 October 2021

So many memories with Dave growing up. I will miss debating with him on different subjects via facebook. My sympathies are with you all.

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