Joseph Goodge

Joseph Lee Goodge

Friday, September 6th, 2019
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Longtime valley resident Joseph Lee Goodge, 92, passed away on September 6, 2019. He was born on January 16, 1927 to Baylor Sanders Goodge and Irene Hicks Goodge in Fox Creek, Conejos, Colorado. Joe was one of 6 children, his mother died when he was nine days old. Following her death, he was taken in by his mother’s sister and her husband W.M. and Maggie Mae Darnall. In 1929 the Darnall’s sold their ranch in Fox Creek and moved to a ranch south west of Romeo in the Track City area, where Joseph grew up. He loved farming, ranching and being outdoors. When he was six years old, one of his aunts passed away and the Darnall’s took in one of his cousins, Edith Hicks. Joseph and Edith grew up together and were very close, even attending the same grade at school together. Joseph attended school in Romeo from kindergarten to graduation. He was the Valedictorian of his class in 1945. In April of 1948 he left his home to serve as a Missionary in Argentina until December of 1950. On February 9, 1951 he married LaNella Richardson in the Salt Lake Temple. On April 12, 1951, Joseph was drafted into the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, while stationed there, they were blessed by the birth of their first child, Terry Lee. On April 12, 1953, Joseph was honorably discharged from the Army and the family moved back to Colorado. Upon his return home, Joseph went to work for E. Shundler Perlite Company and he worked there until 1982. He also worked as a seasonal worker for the United States Forest Service on trail maintenance, until he finally decided to just spend the rest of his life taking care of his own yard, cutting wood and other chores around his home.

Joseph was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and had held many callings in the Stakes, Wards and Branches in which he resided. He truly loved his Church and all the members in it. He never met a stranger, every new person he met was his friend for life and he was blessed with many. He enjoyed going with Jim Horton, all over, playing music. He played guitar and Jim played the fiddle. Joseph loved his family and was very proud of each and every one of them. He often considered himself the luckiest guy in the world.

He is survived by his wife, his children, Terry, Susan, Jerry and Kenton, as well as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, all of whom he loved dearly and who will miss him greatly.
Joseph was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday September 12, 2019 at the Fox Creek Branch of te Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. A visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday September 11, 2019 at the Rogers Family Mortuary in Manassa and prior to the service at the church on Thursday from 9:30 am to 10:45 am. Interment will follow services in the Fox Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Fox Creek Missionary Fund and may be made in care of the funeral home office. To express condolences, please visit

Rogers Family Mortuary in Alamosa is in care of the arrangements..
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Rogers Family Mortuary, Manassa
    205 N. 3rd Street
    Manassa, Colorado 81141
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  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:45am
    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
    Fox Creek Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    3005 County Road F
    Antonito, Colorado 81120
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  • Service

    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 11:00am
    Fox Creek Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    3005 County Road F
    Antonito, Colorado 81120
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  • Interment

    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 | 12:30pm
    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 12:30pm
    Fox creek Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Fox Creek, Colorado
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Toby Madrid

Posted at 10:41pm
Mr. Goodge was one of the nicest men I ever met. He was a friend of my mother, Judy Madrid and my grandfather Leo Dupont. May God bless his family and may he rest in peace.

Kelly Schofield

Posted at 03:30pm
Joe Goodge was one of Heavenly Father's best men. He was a friend to everyone and his heart was full of good will. He was always quick to share his best feelings with his friends and fellow servants. Absolutely one of the best men I have ever known.

Denise Gomez

Posted at 12:49pm
My sympathies go out to Joe’s family. I was an employee of the Forest Service working in personnel at the time when I met Joe and his trusty partner Val Gallegos. These two men were the most hardworking and the nicest men you will ever meet. You can’t say Joe’s name without Val’s being said in the same sentence. Joe always treated me like family whether he saw me in the office or in public. Rest In Peace dear friend and thank you for the years of friendship

Michelle Goodge Muniz

Posted at 10:36pm
I remember the first time I met Uncle Joe I was with my Grandpa (William) and Grandma(Charlotte) Goodge at a picnic. I was about 8 years old he looked just like my Grandpa that when my Grandpa passed away I thought that Uncle Joe was my Grandpa. I Kept calling him grandpa and Uncle Joe would tell my mom "No it's ok I would be honored to be her grandpa.
I'm so sorry Auntie and the cousins for your loss. My Prayers will always be with you. I am Michael Goodge daughter. My name is Michelle and my number is 7192712631. My love goes out to the family.

Lee Richardson Family

Posted at 01:02am
We're grateful for the good, faithful life of Uncle Joby. We will miss him and will look forward to seeing him again. We send our Love, thoughts and prayers to Bus and family.
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