Robert Wayne Goodfellow
Eugene, OR - May 29, 1952–May 24, 2021
Robert Wayne Goodfellow passed away surrounded by loving friends in his Eugene, Ore., home on May 24, 2021. He endured symptoms and false diagnoses for many months before receiving an accurate diagnosis of Stage IV esophageal cancer in early May. He was 68 years old.
Robert was born in Glendale, Calif., on May 29, 1952, the only child of Harold Thomas Goodfellow and Oleta LaVerne Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents; a half-brother, Buddy Norman Burson; aunts, Yvonne Jones Rainwater, Modene Jones Caudle, and Evelyn Goodfellow DeClue; his closest lifelong friend, Mark Yeats; and his longtime baseball and music buddy, Michael Canning.
Robert received his Bachelor of Science degree from Sonoma State University in 1978. After graduating, he worked for the US Geological Survey for several years before completing his Master of Science degree in geology from the University of Oregon in 1987. He was very proud that he paid his own way to achieve his educational goals. After working for environmental consulting firms in Washington and Oregon, he returned in 1990 to the Eugene area to set up his Environmental and Geological Services consulting business as a Registered Professional/Licensed Geologist in Oregon, Idaho and Washington. In addition, he traveled and worked in South America, doing environmental consulting for an Argentinian mining company. He recalled this trip as a highlight of his life. He enjoyed excellent working relationships and loyal clients.
Throughout his life, Robert enjoyed going with friends to see live music, Oregon Ducks football games, and Eugene Emeralds and Seattle Mariners baseball games. He loved camping, hiking, cross country skiing, and just talking with friends over a cold brew. Robert's love of baseball was evident in his longtime participation in a fantasy baseball league, The Pounders. His team, the aptly named "Rockers," was in it for the fun and occasionally winning the league trophy. The love of his life was Pat the Cat, a beautiful tortoiseshell cat, who adopted Robert at the filbert farm near Junction City, Ore., where he lived for many years.
Robert deeply admired J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and had a lifelong "Fellowship" of seven close friends from high school that started in the late 1960s in Pasadena, Calif. Together they enjoyed traveling, hiking and camping throughout their adult lives with some favorite destinations being Florence, Ore.; Joshua Tree National Park (Calif.), and the eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range. At his request, some of Robert's ashes will be scattered at the mouth of the Siltcoos River on the Oregon Coast and at camping sites which were important to him.
He is survived by an aunt, Sandra Jones Goehring (Donald H. Goehring; Paint Rock, Texas); an uncle, Billy Wayne Jones (Sterling City, Texas); and numerous cousins throughout the country. Among his many loving friends in the Eugene area, he is survived by Joan Aschim and John Street, Heather Beckmann, Jennifer Fairbanks, Katee Storm, and Sarah Ulerick. He will be deeply missed by his friends in the Fellowship including Brad and Debbie Fowler, Mark Komora, Bob Kingsbook, Sally Leveille, Ken Wright, Ed Bolster and many others.
Robert also leaves behind his beloved feline companion, Pat the Cat, who will be cared for by Brad and Debbie Fowler. Memorial gifts in Robert's name may be made to S.A.R.A. (Shelter Animal Resource Alliance), 871 River Rd., Eugene, OR 97404; or the Crews Cemetery where his parents and half-brother are buried and some of his ashes will be interred with his family (Crews Cemetery Association, c/o Linda Duggan, 5601 FM 382, Ballinger, TX 76821). A memorial gathering for friends, family and business associates is planned in Eugene later this summer.
Posted online on June 22, 2021