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Kingman school leader Bill Goodale dies

Bill Goodale

Bill Goodale

Surrounded by family, school board member and 40-year Kingman resident Bill Goodale died Saturday night nearly two weeks after suffering a major stroke caused by a ruptured blood vessel in his brain. He was 65.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at Lee Williams High. His family has requested people make donations to the Bill Goodale Fund through the Kingman Unified School District instead of bringing flowers to the service.

His wife, Rep. Doris Goodale, had been providing updates on his condition over the last couple of weeks through various Internet outlets, such as Facebook. She asked, in her last update Saturday, for people to allow her "a few days to cocoon at home."

He was midway through his second term on the KUSD school board. He took the position very seriously and was always able to make his colleagues crack a smile.

"His personality was vibrant," said Roger Jacks, KUSD superintendent. "You knew when Bill walked in the room."

Jacks and Goodale would talk about how important it was for the school district to do things right and pay attention to detail. During one of these conversations, Jacks shared a story with Goodale from when he was a base commander for the military.

Jacks was at an officers' club with his boss, a general, one night.

As they left the building, the general realized that the little bowl of mints next to the cash register needed a spoon and charged Jacks with making it happen.

Jacks called the manager of the club, told him what needed to happen and assumed a spoon had been placed in the bowl. The general went to the club again and saw that the problem had not been corrected - the bowl of mints still needed a spoon.

The next time the general spoke to Jacks, he asked how he could trust him to run a base when he couldn't trust him to get a spoon.

Goodale loved the story so much he made it his own and started sharing it with anyone who would listen, including Jacks.

Goodale believed that nothing was too small that it didn't deserve attention and consideration, Jacks said.

"His dedication and commitment to the school board was really special," Jacks said.

He worked the issues, learned everything he could about school boards, used his affiliation with the State Legislature to inform the district of things that could affect it and did everything he could to improve KUSD, Jacks said.

He believed the district was on the right track, Jacks said.

"I'm going to miss him tremendously," Jacks said.

Charles Lucero, board vice president, had the opportunity to work closely with Goodale over the last several years.

"Bill was an excellent board member," Lucero said. "He contributed to the success of many students in the Kingman area as well in the state of Arizona."

Board member Laurie Voss Barthlow, who was appointed to the board in 2011 to fill a vacancy, said it was Goodale who encouraged her to get involved with the board and the district.

She met him in the early 1990s when both of them were members of the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce.

"He's the reason I'm on the school board," Voss Barthlow said. He urged her to apply when a spot opened up and went to bat for her once she heeded his advice.

A couple of years later, it's Voss Barthlow using his inspiration to seek her first full term on the board.

"He was dedicated to the school district," she said. "It was so important to him."

Top his passion and dedication for service with a sense of humor that could make people giggle during a contentious debate, and it's clear that Goodale will be sorely missed.

"It just won't be the same without him," Voss Barthlow said.

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