Don A. Goodall, 88, of Dunedin, Fla., formerly of Astoria, died Monday, May 7, 2007, at Mease Hospital in Dunedin.
He was born Sept. 3, 1918, in Astoria, to Harris Allen and Mabel May Goodall.
Following graduation from Astoria High School in 1936, Mr. Goodall was in the Merchant Marine briefly, then spent two years at Oregon State College.
He married Grace Gramms, also a native Astorian, June 14, 1940. She preceded him in death.
In 1940, Mr. Goodall was employed at the Astoria Daily Budget as a news reporter. Subsequently, he was a professional Boy Scout executive in Montana, then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
He enrolled at the University of Southern California, where he served as Daily Trojan associate editor, graduating cum laude in 1947 with a journalism degree.
He and his family moved to Yakima, Wash., where he worked as a news reporter, and a chamber of commerce and corporate public relations executive. In 1957, Mr. Goodall joined the field staff of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States. In 1959, he was promoted to the Washington staff.
In 1969, he was named director of government relations for a multinational corporation. In 1977, he was elected president of the Business-Government Relations Council. He retired in 1982.
From 1982 until 2002, he lived in Dunedin, where he was active in community affairs and served a term as president of the Dunedin Country Club. For several years he was chairman of the school advisory committee at Dunedin High School. He was a member of the city's environmental quality and library advisory committees and was active in the historical society. He was elected to the Dunedin Senior Hall of Fame in 2005.
In 2002, the Goodalls moved to Lake City, Fla., where Mr. Goodall was a Rotarian and a volunteer at the Lake City Medical Center and with the Columbia County Library system. In 2005, he returned to Dunedin.
In 1999, Mr. Goodall funded establishment of the Astoria Public Library Endowment Fund to provide additional income for library improvements. He also made substantial contributions to the Columbia River Maritime and Clatsop County Historical Society museums, and in 2003, established the Goodall/Gramms endowment fund to help Astoria High School graduates go on to college.
Mr. Goodall is survived by a daughter, Sharon Goodall Persons of Lake City; and two grandsons, Erik S. Brown of Boca Raton, Fla., and Air Force Lt. Donald A. Huggins.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter.
His cremains will be placed in the Columbia River in Astoria, as were those of his wife and daughter.
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