Charles “Chuck” Theo Goodwin of Chimacum, Washington, passed peacefully with his family by his side on Nov. 7, 2021. He was 68.
Chuck was born in Port Angeles, Wash. and was the youngest of five siblings. His childhood took him through Port Angeles; Oahu, Hawaii (before it was a state he loved to add); Federal Way, Wash.; Longmont, Colorado; and finally, McKinleyville, California.
Chuck graduated from McKinleyville High School where he was a standout track and field athlete, specifically the long jump. He attended College of the Redwoods in Eureka, Calif. for a short time where he also competed on the track team.
After college, Chuck lived in Sacramento, Calif., San Jose, Calif., back in Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Wash. (in what is now the upstairs dining area for Waterfront Pizza) and lived the last 37 years in Chimacum, Wash.
He held a variety of jobs over the years to include garbage pick-up, driving truck and various entrepreneurial endeavors. While living in Port Townsend he was a bartender for the Sea Galley Restaurant where he met his first wife, Candy, and they owned a stained glass shop together. He also worked for Port Townsend Lumber and spent the last 35 years as an electrician for Port Townsend Paper Corp. He was due to retire in March 2022.
Chuck had two sons from his first marriage and enjoyed coaching and watching their sports teams, teaching them patriotism and to appreciate the outdoors. Later, he divorced and remarried his second wife, Debbie. From her he inherited one son and two daughters that he loved as his own. In total, his children gave him 15 grandchildren and they were his biggest joy.
Chuck thoroughly enjoyed gardening, hiking, gold panning, driving his Jeep, collecting rocks and spending time with his wife and kids. However, relentlessly spoiling his grandchildren was his favorite activity.
He was a faithful believer in Christ and often quoted his favorite scripture, John 3:16.
Chuck will be remembered for his ability to bring joy to any room with his humor, contagious smile and his generous personality.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents Ada and William Goodwin Jr.; sister Gayle Miller; and brother William Goodwin III.
He is survived by his wife Debbie; brother Fred (Martha) Goodwin; sister Pam (Len) Royat; sons Christian (Kimberly) Goodwin, Michael Goodwin, and Michael (Malynda) Skiff; daughters Andrea Green and Amie Skiff; 14 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration will be held for Chuck at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Fort Worden Commons in Port Townsend and is open to all who knew him.