John Goddard (1924-2013) RIP
May 19, 2013 4 Comments
I came to know Goddard in my high school years. Though Goddard died a Californian, he had ties to Utah. A former student at West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, he returned there periodically with film of his latest adventure. (Goddard was a USC grad too.) I recall several of these episodes. They were fascinating and simultaneously frightening. Most of the girls in the assembly audiences were gaga. Let’s face it. At the time (and he was elderly by today’s standard), John was still stunningly handsome and debonair.
A type of Indiana Jones, he looked, and apparently acted, the part. Goddard served a mission (can’t recall where now) and remained affiliated with Mormonism through his tumultuous career. Did I say his filmed adventures were riveting? Yeah. They were. We always got first crack before he sold them on the lecture circuit or to National Geographic or something.
Goddard’s constant traveling probably contributed to his first and second marriages ending, though I’m not privy to any such information really, just rumors over the years. Oh, and did I say the guy looked like the classic movie star? Yeah.
Well, John, may eternity open new adventures, even a thrill or two. Godspeed brother, and thanks for the vicarious episodes of adrenaline rush.
John Goddard: gone on the last great adventure.