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James David Goff

April 5, 1949 ~ July 27, 2021 (age 72)

Obituary

JAMES DAVID GOFF 

On Tuesday, July 27, 2021, James David Goff passed away at the age of 72. David was born on April 5, 1949, in Columbus, Georgia to Claud and Betty Jean Goff. He is predeceased by both his parents. He is survived by his wife Pam, his brother Don and sister Kathy, his two children Jamie Mandel and Paul Goff, his stepdaughter Aleta Coleman, his two granddaughters Miyanna Coleman and Keilani Longwell, and his three great grandchildren Jenna, James and Jake Foster. 

David's life was a full and happy one. He loved his family deeply and enjoyed spending time with all of them in Georgia, Florida, Hawaii and Colorado. They brought him so much joy and happiness. He had the biggest smile ever and a laugh that was so infectious. His love of w sports such as canoeing, swimming, surfing and fishing was later overshadowed by his love of ballroom dancing and music. His diagnosis of behavior variant Frontal Temporal Disorder (bvFTD) in 2017 did not diminish his love for dancing. On April 30, 2021, their 27th wedding anniversary, Harris & Harris was performing at the Elks Lodge, David surprisingly wanted to dance almost every dance. That was the last time he initiated dancing. 

David's professional life was centered around his passion for the construction industry. He and Pam started PG Construction Services in 1995. He became a life-long student of the technicalities of so many specialties and he was an outstanding salesman. Many clients loved working with him because they knew they could trust him and that he always had their best interest at heart. One client said he was a great man that taught him a lot. He respected David's vast knowledge and appreciated all he did for him. Pam is carrying forward the legacy as he would have wanted. 

During David's final journey on earth living with bvFTD, he lived at Morrison Manor Assisted Living and Memory Care where he captured the hearts of many of the caregivers. They took care of him with love, kindness and caring, and for that his family is forever grateful. 

David loved Hawaii, especially Kauai. His final resting place will be at Punchbowl National Cemetery in Honolulu. David loved Pam unwaveringly and they are forever connected at the soul level. 

A celebration of his life will be held on August 14, 2021, at 11 am followed by a light reception at Unity on the Avenue located at 4670 E 17th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 802 

The family would like to request that in lieu of flowers, all donations be made directly to the Brain Support Network. The attached information about bvFTD explains the disease further, and if you choose to support their cause, you may do so as outlined. David's brain was donated to further the research on this terminal, incurable disease. 

Brain Support Network 

In memory of DAVID GOFF 

David lived with a diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) for several years. There are over 100 types of dementia; Alzheimer's is the most common overall while frontotemporal dementia occurs in fifteen to twenty percent of all dementia cases. People only hear about non-Alzheimer's types of dementia when a family member or friend has been diagnosed. 

FTD has no known cause or cure. David was diagnosed with a specific type of FTD called “behavioral variant" (bvFTD). As the name suggests, bvFTD affects parts of the brain – the frontal and temporal lobes – that control behavior and cognition. The hallmarks of bvFTD are personality changes, apathy, and a progressive decline in socially appropriate behavior, judgment, self-control, and empathy. 

Treatment is very limited. Often Alzheimer's medications are tried, but these can have a negative effect. Most important to families is learning how to cope with cognitive and personality changes. David's wife Pam provided loving care for her husband despite the challenges from bvFTD. 

Diagnosis of bvFTD is difficult as it can look like Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's dementia, or even psychiatric disorders. The only way to obtain a confirmed diagnosis is through brain donation. Researchers need donated brain tissue of those who died with confirmed bvFTD if treatments, causes, and a cure are to be found. Pam wished to donate David's brain to confirm his diagnosis and to further neurological research. With Brain Support Network's urgent help, Pam was able to complete this wish. 

Brain Support Network has helped over 1,000 families donate a loved one's brain by assisting in the complex comprehensive arrangements. Your contributions in memory of David enable us to support vital medical research into frontotemporal dementia and other dementias. Contributions can be sent by check to Brain Support Network, PO Box 7264, Menlo Park, CA 94026 or by credit card online at brainsupportnetwork.org. Thank you for your support! 

Our deepest condolences to David's family and friends. 

PO Box 7264, Menlo Park, California 94026 • +1 650-814-0848 • www.brainsupportnetwork.org Brain Support Network, Inc. is a charity recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

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We gratefully accept memorial donations by check or credit card. As an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit, your donations may be tax deductible. For credit card donations, go to: www.brainsupportnetwork.org#donate If you donate by check, please complete this form and make your check payable to "Brain Support Network". We will send you a receipt by postal mail or, if you request it, by email. Send to: 

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PO Box 7264, Menlo Park, California 94026 • +1 650-814-0848 • www.brainsupportnetwork.org Brain Support Network, Inc. is a charity recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Services

Memorial Service
Saturday
August 14, 2021

11:00 AM
Unity on the Avenue Spiritual Center
4670 E. 17th Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

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