Richard Franklin Goodwin
September 13, 1985 – August 7, 2018
Our lives were changed forever on August 7, when in the early morning hours Rick passed away in a single vehicle accident in Damascus, OR. We may never understand why this had to happen, but we find solace knowing he is at peace and in a restful place.
Rick was born September 13, 1985 in Portland, OR. as Richard Brandon Breedlove. Most that knew him know he became Richard Goodwin the day him and his brother Randy were adopted on December 4, 1997 by Mark and Paula Goodwin. He was an eager participant in the many activities his new family immersed him in…piano, soccer, Little League and swimming, but swimming seemed to be his greatest athletic talent. He joined the Mt Hood Swim Club at 12 and went as far as to achieve State qualifying and Regional qualifying times until a shoulder injury ended his competitive swimming at 15. He enjoyed playing baseball, basketball and football and went on to play them in high school.
When Rick was adopted, he had been in his new mother Paula’s 4th grade classroom at West Gresham Grade School. He went on from there to Dexter McCarty Middle School and graduated from Portland Lutheran High School in 2004. Though it was a small environment, Rick had a great time there with the good friends he made. After high school Rick chose to go to work and joined the Union Pacific Railroad as a conductor where he worked until 2010. After a couple other jobs Rick got into the apprenticeship program for Union Heat and Frost Insulators and he was a member of Seattle Local 7 at the time of his passing.
Rick’s interests were varied and vast. He loved sports (especially Oregon football and the Seattle Seahawks), movies, reading, camping and trips to the beach. Music was also a big love of his, and he played bass in the band ‘Jackie Swift’ for its brief stretch. He was a big lover of animals and had a great deal of compassion for the smallest of creatures. Rick loved to cook and he was great in the kitchen and at the BBQ. It was always a treat when he whipped up a batch of meatballs.
Everyone that knew Rick knows he was a kind hearted, fun loving man with a great sense of humor. It gave him joy to be able to help others. He had an unbelievable ability for retention, and always could recall a funny line from a movie to add to any situation.
Rick leaves behind his beloved 4 year old son William Goodwin (and mother Valerie Hager), parents Mark and Paula Goodwin of Gresham, brother Randy Goodwin(wife Marie) of Battle Ground, WA, girlfriend Talia Reinke (and her son Roman) of Clackamas, many special aunts, uncles and cousins.
He will be forever loved and missed by his family and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the First Baptist Church in Gresham, OR.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the William F. Goodwin Support & Education account at any Key Bank branch.
- William F. Goodwin Support and Education Account at any Key Bank Branch
- Celebration Of Life Saturday, August 25, 2018
Richard Franklin Goodwin
September 26, 2018
Rick, through the good and the bad, you were always my best friend no matter what. I already miss that smile that always seemed to get you out of trouble. You touched so many lives and you helped make so many great memories. We all miss you like crazy and can’t wait to see you again someday.
August 27, 2018
Making me so sad and happy after reading Lynn's comment that they were adopted in a loving home to paula and husband .they were my nieces sons which is hard to talk about her whom i havent seen since she was a child..so many problems in her life..but so happy for the boys well taken care of.
Thank you .will give for the son William
August 24, 2018
Richard and his brother joined my Sunday school class in the fall of 1995. Charming and adorable. Within a few weeks, they joined our home for a short season. For me, their presence in our home was pure joy, with a few hiccups thrown in. We underwent changes in those months, including the loss of our oldest child. The boys walked through that time with us. It could not have been easy, to put it mildly. They remained sweet and caring.
What a blessing and an answer to prayer to know they went from our home to the Goodwin home. It was another sadness to say “Good-bye,” but my mind and heart knew they would be well taken care of. Their new parents spared nothing to ensure a rich and full life. I don’t know how they did it with school, sports activities, music lessons. What else?! The boys were showered with love and attention along with the firm embrace of a new family.
Over the years, I have caught snippets of Richard’s life. Through a divine coincidence, my husband and I saw him a few years ago, at the hospital. He was there, walking through the facilities, before the birth of his son. We were there, looking after my mom. The timing was perfect. It was so good to see him, if only for a brief moment. We didn’t realize it would be the last moment we would see him this side of heaven.
Mark and Paula, thank you for letting us know. My heart feels bruised and aching. I can only try to imagine how much your own hearts have bled over this loss to your dear family.
With love and prayers,
Ann Brant Caingcoy
August 23, 2018
I will never forget your joy upon adopting Rick and Randy. I knew him only as a young boy but remember how polite and caring he was and it was so evident that he loved his new parents so very much.
The hole in your hearts must be enormous and I wish that words or a hug would be of some comfort.
Know that I love you my dear friends and will keep you all close to my heart. I pray that time and wonderful memories of your son Ricky will somehow lessen your pain.
August 21, 2018
He was my North, my South, my East and my West.
My Talk, My Song.
I love you Rick.
Scott & Cheri Clark
August 18, 2018
I remember the first time we saw Rick, he was still in high school. He had opened the trunk of his car to retrieve some packages and Mr B jumped in. He gently picked him up, gave him a few kisses and placed him on the ground. Each time he went to retrieve another item, the process would continue. Although we were thorougly entertained watching this, what stood out the most for us, was how caring and thoughtful he was.
Our thoughts are prayers are with his family - Scott & Cheri
August 16, 2018
This picture is the beginning of a love story of you and your son. I was lucky enough to watch it from the beginning. I'll tell him the story as many times as he'll let me. Rest in peace my friend. You will never be forgotten.
August 15, 2018
I have known Richard since he was nine years old. He was my son JereMiah’s oldest brother. He was kind, loving and respectful. He will be loved and missed by all. We will never forget you. With a sad and empty heart we wish the family peace throughout this hard time. Rest in peace Richard Goodwin