In Memory


Dick Godwin

Richard W. Godwin Of Fife 2/25/45 to 2/18/2013 Better known as Dick to his family and friends he was a life time resident of Washington. Born in Walla Walla he spent his formative and school age years in Tacoma. About 1970 he relocated to Fife and was a resident until his unexpected passing.

Shortly after his graduation from Mount Tahoma HS in 1963 he entered the U.S. Navy. He was selected for training in the specialist rating of Torpedoman Mate. This rating required several months of training in advanced electronics and the use of precision electronic test equipment and measuring devices. His assignments took him too many places in the western Pacific including Japan, Vietnam, Philippine Islands and other island locations.

After being honorably discharged from the Navy he spent some time traveling in California and worked at various jobs. In 1969 he found a job with the Bell Systems that he would retain for the next 38 years. The field of telecommunications suited him well as it offered growing and cutting edge technology along with new challenges daily. A strong advocate of Union Labor he was active in the CWA Union and was later elected to the position of President of CWA Local 7804. He held that position with the CWA Union for a total of 15 years.

Shortly after starting work for the Phone Company, Dick relocated to Fife where he remained a resident until his passing at his home. From the time he arrived it became apparent to one and all that he was an involved citizen. He demonstrated that he was a tireless and active community advocate. In 2003 he was elected to the Fife City Council and served continually in that capacity until his recent passing.

While serving the city as a member of the City Council his support of families, community programs, and productive youth activities became quite apparent. He would listen to any citizen that had an input for the council or maybe just a What If type question. Without any recognition or fan fair he worked tirelessly on the Cities of Fife/Milton Daffodil float year after year. He desired that the city be well represented in the annual parade.

An avid outdoors man he truly enjoyed sport fishing and game hunting of all types. To sharpen his bird hunting skills he participated actively in both Skeet and Trap shooting at local ranges. He was also a go to guy for problems with your hot rod as he simply held a lot of what he called Old School performance knowledge. Often he would set out on a motorcycle ride either by himself or with a group. But no matter the situation tucked into the saddle bags of his motorcycle one would find a fishing pole and some tackle.

He is preceded in death by his parents Wallace and Eva (Toombs), a half sister Donna Copenhagen of WI. Survived by his younger brothers Al (Christy) of Tacoma, Mike (Frances) of Bremerton and a step brother Doug Schmidt of Edgewood. Numerous nephews and nieces will miss him greatly as well.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 11 AM to 1 PM on Saturday, March Second (2), 2013, at the Dacca Barn located at 2820 54TH Avenue East, in Fife. This event will be followed by another at the East Wing of Mike Kelly's from 1 to 4 PM on the same Saturday. Mike Kelly's is located at 3120 Freeman RD West, in Fife. The family request that in lieu of flowers that a donation be made to your favorite charity in Dick's honor.

Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on February 27, 2013

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