David Lawrence Goodrum was born on April 5, 1950 to Daniel Goodrum and Mary Goodrum-White in Jersey City, New Jersey. As a child David was adventurous. He dreamed of horseback riding, riding motorcycles, and traveling. He enjoyed music and was a self-taught bass guitar player.
During David’s elementary school years he met Brenda Coleman. They later married after he graduated from Lincoln High School in 1970. During this union two daughters were born, Twyla Danyele Goodrum and Kanika Rukiya Goodrum.
In 1974 David enlisted into the United States Air Force and served his country for four years as a Medical Specialist in the rank of Senior Airman. He was a man of convictions and succeeded in whatever he set his mind to.
David fulfilled his dream and became a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). He is known by all of his colleagues as a very skilled and talented LPN, but will mostly be remembered for his bright smile and funny sense of humor. Who ever came across David’s path or was a part of his life was assured to always get a good laugh.
In 1980 David relocated to Mesa, Arizona. He served the remainder of his career in the Army National Guard for 16 years. On July 31, 2010 David retired with 20 years of honorable service to our great nation. He was a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Apache Junction Mounted Rangers. He owned two horses that he loved and adored, Maggie and Merlin were his center of attention. David lived his life to the fullest and he encouraged others to do the same.
David met his loving wife Linda Selvig Goodrum in the summer of 1999 and they went on to marry in October 2015.
David was a courageous warrior during his battle with cancer. In his last days he remained full of love, faith, hope and humor. He enjoyed living and loved life. David’s life was complete with love from his family.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Daniel Goodrum and Mary Goodrum-White. He is survived by his loving wife Linda Selvig-Goodrum; daughters, Twyla D. Moody, Kanika R. Goodrum; sisters, Christine Harris, Beverly Farrington, Vera Robinson, Victoria King; brother, Dr. Lealon A. Robinson; six grandchildren, Sevente Forney, Prince D. Moody, Clinton C. Forney, London S. Moody, Paris D. Moody, and Dakota C. West; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and special life long friends, Gregory Hooper, Lisa and Brian McLendon.
May you rest in peace David a.k.a. “Nazz”.