Mike Goode of North Richland Hills, Texas, died peacefully on January 5, 2022 with his loving wife Trisha of 49 and a half years by his side. The memorial service celebrating Mike’s incredible life will be held Friday, January 14 at 2:30 PM at First United Methodist Church of Hurst, Texas.
Mike was born May 18, 1947, in Waco, Texas. He was the son of Robert E. L. and Roberta Michael Goode. Mike was raised on the family farm south of Lubbock, Texas. He was the older brother of Jeanne Goode Holley. He graduated from Lubbock Cooper High School in 1965, and McMurry University in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Mike taught his first two years in sixth grade at Jackson Elementary in Abilene, Texas.
On June 24, 1972, Mike wed Trisha McClintock at Brook Hollow Christian Church in Abilene. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Bedford, Texas, where they both began their careers in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District. It was during this time in HEB that Mike received two masters of education degrees in curriculum and supervision and in public school administration.
Mike taught fourth and fifth grades at Bell Manor Elementary in Bedford and soon was appointed as an elementary curriculum consultant. He later served as principal of Hurst Hills Elementary and as the first principal of Meadow Creek Elementary in Bedford. He twice was named Administrator of the Year. In 1992 Mike was named Director of Human Resources in the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District..
Both Mike and Trisha retired from public school administration in 2000, yet kept deep roots in education through various positions. Together they directed the HEB Superintendent’s Leadership Development Program during its inception. From 2000-2015, Mike served as a supervisor/facilitator for Education Service Center Region XI Teacher Preparation Program.
During their “retirement” Mike and Trisha found time to enjoy extensive world travel and serve as volunteers for the DFW Airport Ambassador Program. Mike held certification as a Master Gardener of Texas. His time working at the Gaylord Texan as a host of Old Hickory Steakhouse, an associate in celebrity services, and a wine aficionado in the Gaylord wine bar were especially enjoyable times.
Family was very important to Mike. He adored his sister, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and cousins. Times together always started and ended with hugs and pats sandwiching lots of laughter and good eating.
All along the way of his fulfilling life, Mike was profoundly enriched by the love and caring of dear friends too numerous to name. They had the good fortune to have wonderful neighbors and close friends on Citadel Court.
Mike and Trisha were avid collectors of lighted houses (Department 56) and delighted in sharing their collections with family, friends, and fellow collectors at Christmas time. Mike served two terms as president of the National Council of 56 Clubs with chapters all over the US and Canada and was honored to be named Collector of the Year in 2018. They loved entertaining and hosting events in their home.
Mike found no greater circle of a loving community than friends and spiritual partners of the Genesis Sunday School Class and the faithful congregation of the First United Methodist Church of Hurst, Texas. Mike worked tirelessly co-chairing the Village Garden which provides fresh produce for Mission Central where he served a term on the Mission Central Board. He also co-chaired the Columbarium located in the Pirtle Chapel at the church. He also served on various church committees.
For the past three years Mike also worked as an associate with Forest Ridge Funeral Home-Memorial Park Chapel. He considered his assignment there as God’s work: supporting and caring for families with compassion and understanding as they experienced the loss of a loved one.
Services are under the direction of Forest Ridge Funeral Home-Memorial Park Chapel in North Richland Hills. Texas.