In Memory of Clark Goodwin

Celebration of Life beginning at

2:00 pm
Friday December 11, 2020
El Paso Bar & Grill
W4277 County Road G
Ellsworth WI,

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Clark Lee “Froggy” Goodwin, age 68 of Ellsworth WI, died unexpectedly on Saturday, December 5, 2020 as the result of an ATV accident. Born on April 7, 1952 to Frank and Delores Goodwin in Williston ND. After moving to Ellsworth with his family, Clark began grade school in Ellsworth, and graduated from Ellsworth High School with the Class of 1972. Clark served his country in the United States Navy, and later in the United States Army.

Clark logged many miles over the road as a truck driver for many years. He was very active in the Rod and Gun Club, the American Cancer Society, the VFW, the American Legion, and an ATV Club member. Clark enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping, as well as playing cards and billiards. He also enjoyed working around the yard, spending time with his family, his many nieces and nephews, and helping friends and neighbors.

Clark is survived by his significant other of thirty years, Tammy Larson; his children, Jenena McHenry, Bobbie Gean Goodwin, Jessica (Chris) Goodwin, Brandie (Casey)  Elders, Cassie (Adam) Tadej, and Chase (Karlie) Thomas-Goodwin; grandchildren, Zachary, Jakobi, Bracin, Hunter, Morgan, Logan, Jettsyn, Devin, Dakota, Tristin, Allysha, Ashten, Brayden, and Israel; great-granddaughter, Alalah; sister, Diane (Eric) Makela; brothers, Frank (Lila) Goodwin, and Rodney Goodwin; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Clark was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother; and many other family members.

To honor Clark Goodwin, a Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, December 11th beginning at 2:00pm, at the El Paso Bar & Grill, W4277 County Road G in Ellsworth WI. Cremation services entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth. 715-273-4421

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  • Stan and I send our deepest sympathies for the loss of Clark to Tammy, Chase, Frankie and Lila, Rodney, Diane and Eric, and all his daughters and grandchildren/great grandchildren. I just now finished reading all of Clark’s tributes. Each and every one stated how they’ll always remember Clark’s laughter, caring and loving personality! Exactly, Clark could light up a quiet room with just his laughter; then there is his kind and caring heart that could warm up the coldest of hearts. I have so many beautiful memories flooding my thoughts. When we were kids, our families spent a huge part of summers together; either Clark was staying at our home or Keith and I took turns staying at their home which changed quite often because of Uncle Frank’s road construction jobs or pipeline work and where they were located at. I have fond memories of the little town Whitman, ND. The house in the same yard as the grade school with the merry-go-round, swings and a slide. Duke barking and chasing us when we were on the merry-go-round. That was just the beginning. When the family settled in El Paso, WI, we visited less often, but by then us kids were getting older and were more busy. But reading the tribute from Deb Hayden, which sounds exactly what we also did when we came to visit. Flying across that barn by a thick rope, with a 30 foot drop, We must have been nuts! However, I also have wonderful memories after we grew up and married and started families. Clark was so good with his daughters and his grandson, Chase, he and Tammy raised. Stan just mentioned how Clark made him feel so welcome and part of the family when he married me. Clark always asking if he could help with anything; he wouldn’t wait to be asked, but instead just went ahead and did what needed to be done. What a great brother by calling and talking with them every day. The list goes on…I will truly miss Clark’s laugh, his big hugs, his “stories” that could be stretched once and a while, but most of all, his nonjudgmental love for me as his cousin “ Swedo.” R.I.P. Clark. Love and miss you

  • Coach Clark, such a great guy. I laugh at the day I found out how you got your nickname..LOL!! I enjoyed the days at hilltop when we played ball. I remembered when our team won the drinking trophy at a tournament and I never drank a beer!! You took care of the team. You will be missed by many❤

  • Tammy
    I’m so sorry for your lost of your life.
    Diane, Frankie and Rod
    I’m so sorry for lost of your brother.

    Clark would be willing to help anyone who needed help and always put a smile 😁 on some one face.

    He always made it a point to come see me when I come home for a visit. No matter if he only had 15 minutes to talk.
    He would always walk into the trailer and yell how is my squaw doing, I would yell back fine how is my buck doing.

    Remember the great times playing the card game 31 with the Goodwin family and I would play one my honor. Clark wanted to put the name honor on my Langer jacket that all of us brought. I wouldn’t let him.

    I will miss his hugs and kisses. But must of all seeing his smiling face again.
    Love you and will miss you Clark

  • Sending prayers for understanding and faith that the Lord is taking care of him. I didn’t know Clark well but I worked with his Mom, Delores for a while, You all have my deepest, heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your son, father and grandfather.

  • Dearest Tammy, Frank, Rodney, Diane, Clark’s Children, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren & All who LOVE Clark ~ My heart is hurting with all of you. I was blessed to call him my cousin! I hadn’t seen Clark for approx 30 years and because of Frankie & Tiny reconnecting me with the Goodwin’s when Frankie came through Bismarck, I was able to reconnect with my Goodwin Family! What a blessing that is! The “boys” would call whenever they’d come through town on a hunting or fishing trip! I even got to (finally) introduce them to my husband, Fred, and he loved them too! Now mind you Fred doesn’t take a liking to many and the Goodwin boys are golden in his eyes! The overnight visits at our home were the best as that gave us time to visit longer! Clark I will miss your big bear hugs, your contagious laugh, your huge heart, and YOU! I love you all! Love, Pam & Fred

  • Tammy and family I am sorry to hear of this tragedy. Clark was one of the most loving caring person I have ever known. I have known Clark for many years. All the good times I, Clark, Peach, Schutzs and a few others had. Clark’s special love was his family, always brought a smile to him. Tammy you were also the light of his life and he will always be your guardian angel. May God bless you all during this difficult time.
    Penny Harshman

  • Wayne and I have known Clark for years. He was always a smiley and enjoyable guy to talk to. We are so very sorry for this sad ending to a life taken so fast.We send our deepest sympathies to his whole family. Wayne and Bonnie Peterson.

  • Dear grandpa,

    All my life I’ll cherish the memories we made, and all the help from you and grandma Tammy. I’ll forever keep your laugh and smile inside my head, and how your warm hugs felt. I’ll forever miss how you would call me your princess with a big smile! I’m proud and lucky you are the great grandpa to this beautiful blessing of mine Alaiah Marie please keep an eye out for her. I love you forever and a day papa your forever in our hearts and I say thank you for what you have done on this earth fly high papa clark love Alaiah and Morgan!

  • Daddy
    I have no words to express how i feel…i cry i laugh and i cry some more it hurts your gone. But know this.. Yku r my rock my love and my angel…u will always be with me…ALWAYS! This is for you

    It’s never the right time
    To say goodbye.
    I will miss you, Dad,
    And here is why.
    You taught me so much:
    To show no fear,
    To always have fun,
    And face the day with cheer.

    You were always so able,
    So fast and so strong.
    In your little girl’s eyes
    You could do no wrong.
    You would always listen,
    And you never pried.
    You were the arms around me
    When I cried.

    You never looked for praises,
    And you were never one to boast.
    You were always there
    For those you loved the most.

    You worked so hard,
    And those strong working hands
    Led me through life
    And helped me understand
    That life can be hard,
    And tough, and sad,
    But through it all
    I had my Dad.

    And because of you,
    I understood
    That life was actually
    Pretty good.
    I believe in you
    And will follow your path,
    And when things go wrong,
    I’ll look back and laugh.

    I hope you can hear me
    So I can let you know
    That you were and will forever
    Be my superhero.
    So yes, today
    I am full of sorrow,
    But I will smile a little more
    With each tomorrow.

    So please, Dad, go
    Be at rest
    And know to me
    You were always the best.

    I love you so much and miss you every day!

  • My dearest daddy,
    It was far too soon for you to gain your wings but I know your part of our guardian angel tribe up there watching and giving us all guidance. Daddy as you taught me how to take my first steps in this world …..daddy I ask you to take my hand and teach me how to walk again as I will stumble and fall trying to walk this life without you next to me but rather above me. Send my love to all my angels! Daddy I love you with all my heart and always will. This is not easy for any of us but we know the feeling of your unconditional love. I’m honored to be a GOODWIN, your daughter. Your my first love dad and no one’s love will ever compare. Don’t worry dad we will carry your legacy on… you built an empire dad and now you can stand on top and look down and say….damn I did that….that’s my family…you will never be forgotten. Us Goodwin’s will be closer than ever papa! We love and miss you dearly!!!
    Love your baby girl! Forever more!
    Katherine “Cassie” Tadej

    Forever our HERO!!!

  • I will always remember Clark as a handsome, “Winsome”, joyful boy and man. I am glad that I got to visit with Clark a few years ago, during Duane Iverson’s celebration of life. Being with our cousins was just delightful.. I still have very good and fond memories of one super vacation that our family took (with our Grandma Lil Kennedy), to visit Frank and Tiny in Wisconsin. It was the BEST vacation that I ever have had. We climbed a silo! and I am terrified of heights, but the boys were doing it, so I had to also. We caught crawdads, swam in a pond. We swung off of a huge rope in the barn. And we played hide and seek in the corn field. And, of course, got to be loved on by Frank and Tiny. We needed that, because it was about a year after our Mom had passed away. Sweet, sweet memories that Clark contributed to in my life. I will never forget Clark, and will always love him. My deepest sympathy to Rod, Frank, and Diane, and to their families and friends. ~ Deb Hayden”

  • Very sorry to hear of this. I haven’t seen Clark for many years, but have many memories of our time in the reserves. RIP!