John Goodie, who worked as a park ranger for 18 years, has retired from the city of Mesa.
A retirement party was held April 1 at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St.
Mr. Goodie was a community leader and longtime volunteer high school football coach; he also spearheaded the drive for a Mesa Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, he said in an e-mail.
Park Ranger Robert “Ranger Bob” Skutnik recalled starting his job 18 years ago on the same day Mr. Goodie did.
“We were all part-time at the time,” he said at the retirement party.
“A lot of people are going to miss him,” he said of Mr. Goodie. “Every time you went somewhere, John knows everybody, people know him. I mean, it was just phenomenal. Everybody from different departments, the citizens, they all knew him from Mesa High School when he used to volunteer as a football coach over there. Yeah, he’s definitely going to be missed,” Mr. Skutnik said.
Mesa City Manager Chris Brady said Mr. Goodie has always been full of enthusiasm.
“He always wants to be your best friend. He wants to give you and share the great things of life. And that’s what I appreciate about John. He was always there, great attitude,” he said to the crowd at the retirement party.
“There are so many things you could say about John’s contributions to this community, whether it be from a work-related standpoint, from a citizen’s standpoint or as a mentor to the school, to an activist and a leader,” Marc Heirshberg, director of Mesa Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities, said to the crowd.
Mr. Goodie thanked his co-workers and friends for attending the party.
“I am indeed honored and grateful and inspired by everyone here to wish me luck and to wish me farewell,” he said.