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Samuel D. Goudy Sr. was surrounded by family when he passed away March 23, 2018, after many years of health problems. He was one of the greatest men our Heavenly Father had to offer. Sam was born December 20, 1947 in Salt Lake City. He grew up in Magna, Utah, where he worked on farms and with horses. In his younger years he loved to hunt, rodeo and take care of his horses. His kind nature was evident in the way he treated the horses. His gentle way with them enabled him to break horses that no one else could break. He also loved his hunting dogs and enjoyed taking them into the mountains to hunt cougars and bear. As an adult he owned a “mini farm.” This brought him great enjoyment. He loved fixing up the home there. The mini farm house and land kept him busy. He was sad the day he had to sell the farm and move. He always talked about how much he missed it.
He met Linda Davis when he was seventeen, they married and had four children; Dee, Staci, Jason and Kerri. They were later divorced. As a young father he worked many different jobs including being a mechanic, remodeling contractor, and then decided to become an electrician. He started courses at Trade Tech which led him to his career at Western Electric. He worked there for 10 years. He was drawn to the telephone industry. He worked for Utah Phone Service where he met Kathleen Settgast. They married in 1981. Kathleen had three daughters; Cyndi, Tammy and Debbie. Sam and Kathleen had a son named Joseph, the last of their children. Kathleen was taken by breast cancer after 20 years of marriage.
While working in the telephone industry one of his customers suggested that he needed to start his own business and said that they would help him get started. He opened Telephone Systems and Equipment and ran a successful business for over a decade. He was affectionately known by everyone as “Sam the Phone Man.” His customers loved him for his humor, integrity, and kindness. His work ethic was unparalleled. He was known to work so hard, even when in incredible pain, when he got home at the end of the day he literally had to crawl from the truck into the house.
He sold Telephone Systems and Equipment and retired early due to health problems. His retirement was spent working in the huge back yard garden, complete with a green house. He was always available to help anyone that asked and could fix anything. Even when he was in so much pain and he could barely walk he would be at someone’s house fixing something.
After Kathleen passed away he was very lonely and struggling. One day while at the bank, a lady name Lori said she had someone she wanted him to meet. He was very reluctant but consented to meet her sister, Kathy. He fell in love with Kathy Curtis and married her 14 years ago. They have enjoyed their lives together. They loved going on rides, feeding the ducks and spending time with family.
He also had an incredible passion for photography and seemed to always have a camera in his hand and loved to take pictures of the family. He also did team pictures. weddings and winner circle pictures at the Tooele horse races. He used his talent for building things to create the first photo finish system for the horse races in Tooele. He built his own dark room in his basement where he developed his own pictures.
To say that Sam was funny is an understatement. He was downright hilarious. He loved to make everyone laugh with his unique sense of humor, though dry at times. He found humor in everyday situations and found ways to make people feel good. He was a great listener and when you had a challenge in your life he would find some way to help you find hope.
He is dearly loved by his family and will be incredibly missed.
He is preceded in death by Linda Davis, Kathleen Olsen Goudy. He is survived by his wife Kathy Curtis Goudy and his children Dee (Jeanette) Goudy, Staci (Eric) Vowles, Jason (Sherrie) Goudy, Kerri (Glenn) Christensen, Joseph Goudy and his step children Cyndi (Alden) Desoto, Tammy (Alan) Munk and Debbie (Scott) Barrett 23 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday March 27, 2018 at the Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, Salt Lake City, where friends may visit with the family on Monday evening March 26, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and also on Tuesday morning from 9:30am to 10:30am prior to the service. Interment: Salt Lake City Cemetery.