Jeffrey Blaine Goold

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Jeff Goold
Jeff Goold passed away on November 22, 2010, surrounded by the love of his wife, Terry Lavender, of Woodinville, Wash., daughter, Cyanna Goold of Seattle and many friends and family members.

He began life November 13, 1953, in Lebanon, Ore., born to Doris (Neustel) and Norman Goold. He had many tales to tell of bike riding, mill ponds, the Santiam River, building forts and playing with his friends and siblings.

In the summer they worked in the fields picking beans and strawberries, and Jeff was proud of the pounds he picked.

Later he worked summers on larger farms moving irrigation pipe and other chores. He was a hard worker and found joy in what he did.

Jeff earned a bachelor of arts degree in education at Western Oregon University and joined the Peace Corps in 1978.

He spent three years teaching in Liberia and is remembered fondly by many of his students.

After the Peace Corps, he returned to Oregon and earned a bachelor of science degree in geology at Oregon State University.

Jeff worked for many years as a geologist and environmental engineer and was well respected for his knowledge and skills.

His passion was in his volunteer work. He worked for peace and justice and for local environmental causes. He was instrumental in raising funds to protect Lund’s Gulch Creek in Meadowdale Beach Park, the Paradise Valley Conservation Area in Snohomish County and Bear Creek.

He planted hundreds of trees and was generous with his time. He spent hours just exploring and getting to know every tree and trail. His energy and joy were inspirational.

Jeff lived in Woodinville since 1998. He and Terry enjoyed traveling and built a wonderful cabin in Stehekin Valley in the North Cascades where they loved to spend time and always hoped for more.

He liked Grateful Dead music, Hawaiian slack key guitar, any kind of fishing, hiking, skiing and the Cascade Mountains. He will be missed by many.

A celebration to honor his life will be held on Saturday, December 11, at 11:30 a.m. at the Clise Mansion, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE, Redmond.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to "50 Elementary Scholarships for Liberian Children"; Adopt a Stream Foundation, 600 128th St. S.E., Everett, WA, 98208; Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation of Stehekin, P.O. Box 184, Manson, WA 98831 or plant a tree in your favorite spot, support public broadcasting and get involved in making the world a greener, more compassionate place.

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