Nick Goodwin, 59, of Montara, Calif., died on Aug. 26 while riding his mountain bike on Montara Mountain.
Nick was born on June 29, 1957, in Columbus, Ohio, to Charles Bennett Goodwin and Shirley Van Blaricom Goodwin. He moved to Berkeley in 1974 and attended Berkeley High School. In 1989, he moved to Anchorage Alaska, where he worked in restaurants and fisheries.
In 1991, he earned his GED and enrolled as an undergraduate at Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska, and in December 1995 graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Natural Resource Management and Development.
He married Caroline Davis, of Sitka, in 1996 and the couple had their first child, Naomi Louise, in 1997. From 1996 to 1999, the Goodwins lived at Little Port Walter, Alaska’s oldest research hatchery, where Nick worked year-round as a fish culturist. When Caroline was awarded a fellowship to attend Stanford in 1999, the family moved to East Palo Alto and Nick returned to work for the family plumbing business in San Francisco.
Their second daughter, Josephine, was born with extensive internal anomalies and died at 11 months of age at Packard Hospital in April 2002. The Goodwins moved to the San Mateo County coast in 2001 and in 2004 they welcomed their third daughter, Isabel Neva (Izzy). Nick was a devoted father, husband, brother and friend, and a longtime, sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous. He celebrated 25 years of continuous sobriety on Feb. 15, 2016.
He was an avid mountain biker and loved living on the coast. He was also an integral part of the family business, and many people will miss his sense of humor, his quirky and genuine way of being in the world, and his extraordinary dedication to work, family and sports.
He is survived by his wife, Caroline Goodwin, daughters Naomi and Izzy Goodwin, sister Beth Goodwin, of Anchorage, and brother Chris (Nina) Goodwin, of Half Moon Bay. He is also survived by nieces Megan Goodwin-Germano (Matt), of Castro Valley, Calif., and Shannon Jones (Jared), of Chugiak, Alaska, by nephews Chris Michael and Jesse Goodwin, of Half Moon Bay, Daniel Jones, of Anchorage, and Ben Goodwin, of Santa Cruz, and grand-nephew Patrick Liam Goodwin-Germano, of Castro Valley, sister-in-law Beth B. Goodwin, of Pacific Grove, and father- and mother-in-law William and Nancy Davis of Sitka, Alaska. He is preceded in death by his father, Charles Bennett Goodwin, and his mother, Shirley Lawson, his oldest brother, C.B. Goodwin, and daughter Josephine Neville Goodwin.
A celebration of life is planned for 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Susan Hayward School of Dancing, 496 Sixth St., Montara, where Nick spent time supporting both of his daughters. His death has been officially determined to be a result of “blunt injury to the neck” from a fall. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to Naomi and Izzy’s college fund via https://www.youcaring.com/caroline-goodwin-and-her-daughters-637529.