Paul Guillen Goodell

August 2, 1942November 21, 2019

Paul Guillen Goodell died peacefully at home with his family on November 21, 2019. Paul was born to Margarita Guillen and David R. Goodell in Portland, Oregon, on August 2, 1942, the third of five sons, and resided his entire life in Oregon. He was 77 years old. He began school at Alameda before the family moved to Lake Oswego where he spent an active childhood swimming and playing football with his brothers, attended Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School and Lake Oswego High School. He served in the Oregon National Guard and graduated from the University of Oregon. He was an active member of the Catholic Church, attending various churches in the Portland area. Paul married Janet Smith in Red Bluff, California, in 1965. Paul and Janet lived in Portland and raised four children. Paul was a longtime member of the Multnomah Athletic Club where he enjoyed swimming, boxing as a child, athletic events, and particularly tennis. He enjoyed all sports, but loved sailing: he sailed in the San Juan Islands, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and on the Columbia River. He and Janet loved to travel and visited Japan, Mexico, Europe, Hawaii, and Florida together and with family. Paul went on several trips with Tim King to Burma to help with a Catholic orphanage for young girls.

Paul worked in Casualty and Life Insurance before starting the Paul Goodell Agency. Later, he and Janet owned and operated numerous restaurants including Bud’s in Gearhart, Clementine’s in Portland, The Brass Horn in Hillsboro, Schooner Bay in Seaside and Cannon Beach. More recently, he was an entrepreneur and developed several properties in Seaside, Oregon, working closely with his son Brodie. Paul’s greatest love was for his family and friends. Most of all, he loved being with his wife, children, and grandchildren, and he treasured the lifelong bond with his brothers, Osburn cousins, and their families. Paul is survived by Janet, his loving wife of 54 years; daughter Sarah Ellen and husband Robert Giordano of Saratoga, California; son Paul Brodie and wife Mandy of Portland; son David Guillen and wife Ashley of Tillamook; daughter Lori Woods of Port Orchard, Washington; grandchildren Alexander, Mary Ellen, and Margarita Martinez, Paul Manny Serrador, and Kyle Giordano; grandchildren Lane and Mara Goodell, Liliana and Emilie Erickson; grandchildren Julia, Andrew, and Josiah Goodell; and granddaughter Stephanie Renfro; brothers Lane J. Goodell and companion Martha Ann Bernadelli, D. Rockey Goodell and wife Rahles, Mark G. Goodell, Donald Phillip Goodell and wife Betsy; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many loyal friends. Paul is predeceased by his parents and sister-in-law Mary Alice Goodell.

A Celebration of Life Mass for Paul Goodell will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 11:00AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Paul’s memory may be made to the Union Gospel Mission of Portland, see link below.


  • Catholic Memorial Mass Monday, November 25, 2019


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Kristin Lopez-York

November 26, 2019

Janet & Family, I am very sorry to hear about Paul. May your treasured memories help bring you peace and comfort. I am sending my love, strength and prayers to you all.
God Bless, Kristin Lopez-York & Family

Debra and Glen Triplett

November 24, 2019

We are saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. It was a pleasure and honor to know him! Such a
sweet, funny and kind man.
We have so many great memories of our time with you and him along with your family and friends in Mexico!
He will be remembered fondly and in our hearts forever.
Our deepest sympathy,
Deb and Glen

Frank Lemma

November 24, 2019

Sharlie and I are sad for the death of Paul and for your loss of a wonderful man. We will keep him in our prayers and for you to have strength and peace. I recall great memories over a period of many years. Paul was a man of many talents.

joan goldspink

November 24, 2019

What a really nice man. Loved his family. Loved life. My thoughts are with you Janet and kids.

Mike Herron

November 24, 2019

I’m sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. When I was growing up in Gearhart it was always great to see Paul when he came down to visit his cousins the Osburn’s. He was older than myself and most my friends by a few years. He would organize football games on the beach, boxing matches and swimming races in the pool as well as sell us firecrackers. He is one of the characters in the song ‘Jimmy Jumped the Bridge’ from my musical play ‘The Gearhart Hotel‘. The song memorializes Jimmy Osburn and Paul jumping the Necanicum river on 1st Avenue in their car one night in Seaside during a bridge construction project. It turned into a legend in our town. Paul was always kind and full of life and adventure. Our prayers are with you Janet and family.

Bill Powers

November 22, 2019

Bill Powers here. Sorry for your loss. Prayers.