Lynn Udell Goodfellow was born on December 29, 1941 in Los Angeles, CA and passed away fairly suddenly on July 18, 2023 from a heart attack—an unexpected event during a time of busyness and fulfillment—likely the only thing that could slow him down!
Lynn lost his father to cancer while still a teenager and often reminisced what a handful he was for his mother. His older sister and younger brother describe Lynn as always on the move and doing things his way.
School was a challenge for this energetic boy with an engineering mind, and yet Lynn successfully navigated life despite his dyslexia and ADHD (diagnosed by his children).
Lynn started Goodfellow Corporation, a thriving three-generation business, and achieved a measure of success at most things he ventured into. And even if he didn’t, he appreciated the learnings and excitedly moved on to the next thing, always willing to try something new.
Lynn married Heather just out of high school, and together they brought three girls and a boy into the world in five short years. After he and Heather divorced, he married Pat, and they added three more boys to the Goodfellow family. Lynn’s third marriage was to Jo, and the last 24 years were spent married to Justine. Thankfully all the women in Lynn’s life got along better than one might expect. And although Lynn was the father of seven biological children, he claimed his stepchildren and many others, who came and went, as his own.
A life-long hobby for Lynn, and anyone he could wrangle into it, was that of building race cars. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren call him the grandpa with stubby fingers after his accident on the Bonneville Salt Flats, when his engine caught fire while breaking a speed record.
Life was a non-stop adventure for and with Lynn! There was always a project to work on, a place to go, or people to see! Lynn’s intense personality and love for life will live on through his posterity, and his legacy and influence will be felt for generations to come.
Lynn was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he will be remembered by those who were briefly acquainted with him as well as those who were life-long friends for his undying and zealous missionary spirit.
Lynn is survived by a large and loving family, too numerous and varied to list. Family and friends will gather to remember Lynn on Monday, July 24, 2023 at the LDS 5th Street Chapel in Boulder City, Nevada. There will be a visitation line at 10:00 AM PT with the service beginning at 11:00 AM PT. Donations may be made to Operation Underground Railroad in lieu of flowers.
You are invited to watch the livestream of the services through the Facebook link below: