Paul Michael Godwin

February 18, 1977April 3, 2019

Paul Michael Godwin, 42, of Norman passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born February 18, 1977 in Provo, UT to Thomas Edwin Godwin Jr. and Sherry Patricia (Atchley). On August 12, 2000 he married Rachel Guthrie in Yukon.

Paul proudly served his country with the United States Army and got to see several countries with his deployments. He loved to hunt, fish, and golf, ride his motorcycle and cheer on OU. Above all his greatest hobby and pastime is his family and he will be greatly missed by all of them.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Rachel of almost 20 years; children: Austin, Clayton, Rebekah, Joseph and Michael; his parents: Thomas Edwin Godwin Jr. and Sherry Patricia (Atchley); siblings: Ted Godwin, Stephen and wife Lisa Godwin, Joseph and wife Jenny Godwin, Cindy and husband Blake Feeback as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Uncle Mark and Aunt Theresa.

Visitation will be Sunday April 7th, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. at Primrose Funeral Service. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday April 8th, 2019 at Primrose Funeral Service Chapel, Norman, OK. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery. Bishop Greg Rex will officiate.

Arrangements entrusted to Primrose Funeral Service. Sign the online guestbook at


  • Ted Godwin
  • Blake Feeback
  • Stephen Godwin
  • Clayton Godwin
  • Joseph Godwin
  • Austin Godwin


  • Visitation Sunday, April 7, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Monday, April 8, 2019

Paul Michael Godwin

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Joseph Godwin

April 19, 2019

Paul was my younger brother. When we were kids and we'd be on the playground at recess, sometimes the bigger kids would pick on him because he was a bit short. None of them ever did it twice. He always tried to get along with everyone, but if they wouldn't listen to reason and tried to get physical, watch out. I joined along side him once. He didn't need it but I wasn't gonna miss out on the fun. He never went overboard. I fought just enough for them to realize that he's not going to take it and they started to back off and he would back off because for him it wasn't about dominance or lack of control, it was about respect, and he got a lot of it. Later I accidentally burned up half our neighbors pasture playing with fire. He happened to be there and I begged him to go with the story I came up with, but he told the truth when asked about it later by my dad and older brothers, because he was honest and was always striving to do the right thing. He taught me to have the courage to be honest. Later on when we were both moved out of mom and dad's house we shared an apartment. I had no idea how bills worked or anything. I was unprepared. He taught me the importance of keeping up on bills, where to go to pay them (no internet back them) and a wide variety of life skills. He taught me responsibility and a lot of important bits of knowledge on how to survive out in the world. Then he went off to war and I didn't see him for a long long time, but when he was overseas, every now and then you'd get a chat notification from him. It would be 4 in the morning for me but daytime for him and we would catch up and have a laugh. He'd tell me his crazy war stories. His whole life was about serving others and doing the right thing. I miss him so much. We used to build snow forts together.

Zach Caldwell

April 7, 2019

I have served with Paul three times now. Once when I was a private and he was a NCO, once when we were senior NCO's together, and then finally, when he was a contractor. I regret the card he was dealt in life, but I am thankful for every day I had with Paul. Paul taught me patience, calm and an even temper. My heart goes out to his children, wife and parents. I wish we all had more time with Paul, but I am so very thankful for the time I had with him.

Wes Yeomans

April 7, 2019

I was privileged to be Paul’s second missionary companion in Montreal. We were only together a month but he was a hard worker and a great missionary. So sorry to your family for your loss.

Elizabeth Woods Beals

April 6, 2019

I remember Paul as being a super sweet guy when we grew up. I would always tease him about his birthday because we were born the exact same day. I was born in the morning and he said he was at night so I would tease him that I was older. He was a good sport about my teasing. I’m glad to know he continued to be a good guy in his life. I was shocked to learn of his passing.

Irma Schifer

April 5, 2019

I had the honor of serving alongside Paul, when he was part of the 112th Signal Battalion, Ft. Bragg, he was always happy, positive, and a wonderful person, and yes I'll never forget the "fetch". You will miss my brother in arms. My deepest condolences to the family. Sending prayers. Alpha Pride!

Mike Luke

April 5, 2019

The Luke's and the Godwins share many a memory and Paul was party to a lot of them - from church basketball to road shows to dating siblings! I think I can speak for all of the Lukes when we express love and sympathy to his family and that our prayers for comfort and love are with you all.
- Mike Luke

Judith Ingram

April 5, 2019

In 1992 I was doing my oldest son's wedding. My brother and his family came down and when Paul Michael got out of the car he looked at me and turned to his mom Sherry and asked what was wrong with Aunt Judy's hair. She asked what he meant and he said "mom her hair is burple, it's not blue and it's not purple, it's burple." The reason it was burple was because they had mixed some haircolors up and I had just had my hair done and it turned out burple. From that day forward I was known to Paul as Crazy Aunt Judy and I'm called that still today. Sadly the name fits. I will forever miss my quite little nephew that left me with that tag. I love you Paul Michael Godwin. You be there to pull me through the vail.

DeMond Dearing

April 5, 2019

As many emotions are floating around in my head and heart. What gives me a bit of peace is that I was blessed enough to be Paul's First Sergeant. Not only did he make my job easy, he made our lives better. We shared a many of conversations while deployed and developed a bond. I tried to talk him out of getting out and when I saw that he was set and his reasoning, I supported his decision. Our last conversation was about this time last year, even through his fight he encouraged me as I was dealing with my wife's cancer. Racheal and kids, Parents and family,
Thank you for sharing Paul with the Dearing family, We thank God for allowing us to know him.

Tim Cambra

April 5, 2019

I had the pleasure of serving with Paul in Iraq. He was a good person who i enjoyed working and talking with. He was someone who always stayed positive and taught me alot of what it means to be a good person. Paul was someone who would always make me laugh. The good ones always go first. Thanks for being you Paul.

Thomas Godwin Jr

April 5, 2019

I coached Paul in soccer for several years. Paul played soccer the way he lived his life. He was first and foremost a team player, he was a skilled player and was always competitive, but would always pass to the open man. He was a blessing and friend to everyone. He was a great example for us all. I will love and miss you Son.