Trace Kenneth Goodwin

July 22, 2019

Trace Kenneth Goodwin, 19 years of age born in Pensacola, FL on April 6, 2000.  He lived between Pensacola, FL and Atmore, Alabama. He is a graduated of Pine Forest High School Class of 2018.  He received his angel wings on July 13, 2019 @ 9:29 pm in Tustin, California.  He was taken from us suddenly due to a fatally accident after being struck by a vehicle. At the age of 10, he placed a call to the Call of Duty Organization to see what he needed to do to fulfill his dream to join the Military.  He became a Marine and received his Eagle Globe and Anchor pin after completely his crucible March 23, 2019.  He graduated from Parris Island, South Carolina on April 5, 2019.  This dream began when he was 4 years old and never deviated from this lifelong goal. He loved spending time with his family and hanging with his friends. His favorite team was the New Orleans Saints.  His passion was watching the games with his Dad.  He was even a bigger Alabama fan “Roll Tide.” He was so full of life and yet his life ended suddenly.  He absolutely adored his Momma.

Survivors include his loving mother Wendy Marie Marotz, his beloved father Michael Wayne Goodwin. Maternal Grandmother Betty Salzer and Paternal Grandmother Madeline Lincoln, proceeding his death was his Maternal Grandfather Preston J Savol and Paternal Grandfather’s Buck Goodwin and Don Lincoln.  His siblings are as follows, Shawna Michelle Goodwin, Anthony Scot Marotz, and Meghan Helena Thomason. His nieces and nephews are as follows, Amare Reese Peck, Braxton Fisher Pomeroy, Adelynn Andrews, Bentley Scot Marotz, Braelyn Andrews, Emma Kay Andrews, Casyn Knox Meadors, Pete Ryan Andrews, He also has lots of Uncles, Aunts and many cousins that will miss him dearly.

His brothers in arms of the United States Marine Corp will honor him by walking him to his final resting place

If Trace called you his friend he meant you were his brother and the Honorary Pallbearers are as follows:   Phillip “Phil” Schneider, Mikey “Mike” Schneider, Jack Jaye, Joshua “Lil Bouncer” Johnson, Darren “Boo Dro” Stacey and Serena Jaye.

Special Gratitude to the following

A special thanks to Staff Sgt Kyle Nangauta for making Trace’s dream come true.  Thank you Gunny Sgt Chris Clerico for making this time as easy as possible considering the circumstances.

Let it further be known that the patriotism, valor, and self-sacrifice, of Private First-Class Trace K Goodwin shall eternally serve as a shining example of a Marine-Always Faithful, Honor, Courage and Commitment.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.  Visitation will be held at Faith Chapel South on July 28, 2019 from 5-7 and his life will be celebrated on July 29, 2019 at 12:00 pm, he will be buried at Pensacola Memorial Gardens in the Veteran Gardens.

In lieu of Flowers please donate in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Be Strong! Be You! I am who I am and I’m good with me! Semper Fidelis

“Mom, I will always be your sunshine at the end of a rainy day.”

Son, I wish I could wake up and see you standing there.
Then I would know that it was just a nightmare.
Son, I remember when you were small and how you would hold my hand,
and as you grew older you became my best friend.
Son, I have 19 years of memories that I will treasure and keep safe in my heart.
We share a bond that time and distance can never break apart.
Son, oh how my heart aches so.
I would love to have you back and never let you go.
Son, where there was happiness,
now there is sadness.
Son, how I long to hear your voice and see your beautiful smile
and have you back for just a little while.
Son, until that day I see you again,
I will look to the sky and search among the stars for my son and best friend.



7 Responses to “Trace Kenneth Goodwin”

  1. Laurie Funderburk on August 15th, 2019 9:16 am

    My sincere condolences. May his memories carry you all through this difficult time.

  2. Marcelle A Perritt on July 26th, 2019 11:09 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of your precious son. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Just Me on July 26th, 2019 10:03 am

    I cried reading this. I cannot imagine your pain. I have a son a little older than Trace and I cannot even entertain the thought of losing him. I know you are so very proud of him and I so enjoyed reading about him wanting to be in the armed forces since he was 10 years old, that melted my heart! I will pray for your family to find peace with his passing. Know that all of your surrounding communities are mourning with you. God Bless You All. Rest in peace soldier.

  4. Lynn Feehan on July 24th, 2019 3:43 pm

    As a Gold Star mother, my deepest sympathies to the family of Pvt. Goodwin.
    There is currently a committee that is working on erecting a Gulf Coast Gold Star monument in Pensacola’s Veteran’s Memorial Park. This is dedicated to all family members that have lost a service member, for any reason, due to being in the Armed Forces of America.
    While I know this offers little comfort right now, know there is a supporting community that understands the family’s loss. When this monument goes up, it is for this family too.

  5. anne 1of2 on July 24th, 2019 2:39 pm

    Proof that our children are on loan from God. God bless all of them.

  6. sam on July 24th, 2019 9:23 am

    condolences to his family. Semper Fi

  7. ELW on July 24th, 2019 7:19 am

    God bless your family. Lost my son to a car accident 5 years ago. You’ll think of him everyday, then slowly it will be everyother day, but he’ll never be far from your heart. You’ll always know he’s around.

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