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CLYDE KARL GODING
September 21, 1945 ~ September 20, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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Clyde was born September 21, 1945 to Wayne and Lola Goding in Bonners Ferry, Idaho and returned to his heavenly father on September 20, 2023. Clyde was one of 9 children, brothers Lyle, David, Philip, Ralf and Paul and sisters Maxeen, Lois, and Pauleen. At an early age, Clyde found a love of the outdoors, riding horses, exploring and fishing the Bonners Ferry area.
Clyde met his future wife Kathy, while attending Bonners Ferry High School. They were married November 4, 1964. Soon after they were married, Clyde started working for GTE. The couple traveled the western US for the next 4 years, finally getting an opportunity to move back to northern Idaho and settle in Moscow Idaho in 1969. Clyde and Kathy were blessed with two daughters, Charlene and Julie, that arrived during their traveling days. The family would eventually buy property above the town of Princeton. Clyde was now able to pursue his true passion, training and riding and showing horses. Clyde’s passion and love for training and showing horses took the family throughout the Palouse becoming a respected and loved member of the horse showing community. Clyde loved to teach, horses and riders alike.
Clyde had a full career at GTE, retiring in 2006 with 42 years of service. He had an ability to connect with people and was loved and respected by his coworkers and clients. Many clients only allowed Clyde to work on their systems, which he was extremely proud of. Although Clyde was a great phone system technician, he was always a cowboy at heart. His daughters often joked that he was born 100 years too late. He would have been right at home riding the range and demonstrating his quick draw abilities.
Clyde lost his wife Kathy in 2004 to a long battle with cancer. Clyde met the second love of his life.
Wendy Sanford in 2014. They decided to move to southern Idaho in 2018 and stayed in the area for 3 years. Although they were close to family, the pull of the Palouse was too strong. They moved back in 2021 and settled in Palouse Washington. Clyde was truly happy to be back in the area that he called home for 50 years.
He was able to reconnect with longtime friends and meet them monthly for coffee and stories.
Clyde was proceeded in death by his wife Kathy, parents Wayne and Lola, brother Lyle, sister Maxeen, and grandson Dalton. Clyde is survived by his partner Wendy, brothers David, Philip, Ralf and Paul, sisters Lois and Paulene, daughters Julie and Charlene, Jason and Kevin Curtis, grandchildren Natasha, Taylor, Alec, Mason, Robert, Parker, Darion, Payton, Riley, Cody and Karson, and great grandchildren Carter, Avery, Rosey, Rebel, and Addie.
Clyde touched so many lives, always taking time to listen and give his sagely advise. He looked forward to his spirted political debates and never lost an opportunity to “educate”. Clyde was a lot of things to a lot of people, but he was truly at home in the saddle, riding every day to the end. Hearts are broken, but fond memories will always keep him with us. Hope you are riding the Appy horse of your dreams. Ride on Clyde, Ride on.
Join us for a celebration of life at 2:00 PM on October 7, 2023 at the Princeton Community Center. Please bring your favorite stories as we celebrate the life of this wonderful man.
Memorials gifts may be given to the American Cancer Society, or the Ronald McDonald House.
Kramer Funeral Home, Palouse, WA is caring for the family. On line condolences may be left at www.kramercares.com.