John grew up with his parents, two sisters and brother in Alturas, California, where he knew his future wife, Suzy, as his youngest sister's friend and his future in-laws as his high school teachers.
John was an incredibly talented and hardworking man, capable of figuring out most things he set his mind to, with a book and practice. From managing shoe stores in California to becoming the Captain of the Miss Maria in Alaska, John worked his ass off. He was an artist, ultimately finding his medium in wood. Throughout the Northwest, the beautiful and functional furniture, cabinets, and homes that he built will last generations. If you've ever visited Heceta Head Lighthouse or the Monterey Bay Aquarium, you've probably seen his work.
The love that John's wife and daughter felt from him was unparalleled. When Celeste was born, John became a committed father and moved to Deadwood, Oregon, with his small family. John and Suzy homesteaded in Deadwood for 13 years, raising their daughter. They moved to Terrebonne when Suzy was hired as the Special Education teacher for Culver Elementary.
John claimed to dislike people, yet he was a hilarious and reliable friend to many. Somehow, he always was available to help a neighbor or friend, however begrudgingly. His laugh and his jokes will live on in all that ever saw him having a good time. He rarely told people goodbye, rather favoring the phrase "be good," so we'll do our best to be good and continue on.
John died after being hospitalized five days in Bend, following a fall from the roof, at his home of 14 years, in Terrebonne.
He is survived by his mother, Betty Hough; siblings, Kathleen, Michael, and Kristeen Goulding; his wife, Suzy Tignor; and daughter, Celeste Goulding; along with his fourth female black lab with a three-letter name beginning with I, Isa.
The family will be collecting stories and photos of John to go together in a memory book celebrating his life while coming up on the second anniversary of his passing this June. If you would like to send something, or receive a copy of the book, please reach out at [email protected] gmail.com.