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Gaylord Goddard - October 07, 2011

Gaylord Aubary Goddard, 91, of Haxtun, was born Feb. 3, 1920 two miles east of Haxtun to Edward Glenn and Alta (Daugherty) Goddard. He was the first child of five: Gaylord, Glenda, Merrill, Charlotte and Imogene. He died at his home surrounded by family on Oct. 7, 2011.

As a boy, Gaylord helped out on his parents’ farm south of Haxtun, milking cows, farming with horses and doing general farm work. During high school he worked at the Paoli State Bank as a cashier. The family moved to the Fairfield community and there he graduated from Haxtun Union High School in 1938. Later he became a bookkeeper for Rei-chel and Beal Mfg. of Holyoke from 1939-1940.

The family moved to the Julesburg area where he and his mother ran a popcorn and candy shop. He then attended business school in Denver. Gaylord moved to San Diego, Calif. to work at the Bank of America as a cashier.

Prior to moving to California, he met his future wife, Sarah Ann Breezely, and after a courtship that lasted a couple of years they were married Oct. 11, 1941 in Yuma, Ariz. In January 1942, they moved back to Colorado to farm and ranch. To this union, three children were born: Sharon Gay, Claude Jay and RoAnn Sue.

Gaylord enjoyed farming and especially ranching. Their first farm was south of Crook, where they had no electricity or running water. In 1946, they purchased another farm 13 miles northwest of Haxtun. It was here they survived several of Mother Nature’s storms.

The first seven years of farming, their crops received devastating hail storms. In January 1949, a major blizzard lasting for several days left them stranded with several family members as house guests. Fortunately, there were chickens for eggs, cows for milk, 100 pounds of potatoes and 100 pounds of flour—thus, biscuits and gravy, potato soup and eggs were on the menu.

In August of 1950, a tornado destroyed most of the buildings on the farm except the house, which was severely damaged. In 1954, Gaylord moved the family to Dailey where Ann was born and raised. They continued farming and ranching from that location until moving to Haxtun in 2004.

Gaylord was an avid reader who also enjoyed hunting (He was a “crack shot” with a rifle) and playing cards. Winters were spent traveling to Texas and Arizona. He especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s sporting events.

He was interested in learning about new farming techniques and the latest livestock-raising innovations. He was very well known for his high-quality cattle herd. He was one of the first to see the advantage of crossbreeding and also was one of the first to introduce Charolais cattle into the area.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward Glenn and Alta Goddard; brother, Merrill Goddard; daughter, RoAnn Poe; and twin great-grandchildren, JL and JL McDaniel.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Ann; sisters, Glenda Hovel of Mesa, Ariz., Charlotte Buettenback and husband Cleo of Grand Island, Neb. and Imogene Orth and husband Ike of Julesburg; children, Gay McDaniel and husband Dick of Haxtun and Claude Goddard and wife JoAnn of Haxtun; grandchildren, Kevin McDaniel and wife Stacy, Kent McDaniel and wife DeAnna, Kendra Anderson and husband Mike, Jay Goddard and wife Melisa, Justin McDaniel and wife Jill, Jeff Poe and wife Tanya, Casey Goddard and wife Lindsey and Wes Poe and wife Dallas; great-grandchildren, Kody and Wyatt Anderson, Kolt and Kade McDaniel, Peyten, Tate and Avery Goddard, Taiylor and Shelby Poe, Cassidy and Chase Goddard, Aubrey and Isaac Poe and Jade and Jase McDaniel; step-great-grandchildren, Ryan Jablonski and wife Mandi, Reed Jablonski and Cassie Jablonski; as well as many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was held Oct. 12 at United Methodist Church of Haxtun, with Pastor David Barton officiating. Interment followed in the Haxtun Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Gideons, Hospice of the Plains or United Methodist Church of Haxtun.

Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.