Jason Michael Goodding, beloved husband, father, brother and son passed away on Friday, February 5th at the age of 39. Jason was a 13-year veteran of the Seaside Police Department and was working as a patrol sergeant when he was killed in the line of duty. Jason will be deeply missed by many, including his high school sweetheart and wife of 16 years, Amy, as well as his pride and joy, his two daughters Joslyn, 13 and Jayden, 10. He is also survived by his mother and step-father, Jan Becker and Tom Johnson, his father and step-mother, Dean and Patty Goodding, his sister Jennifer (Goodding) Hovanic, brothers Justin Goodding and Doug Hash, and close friend and mentor Roger Schenk. He will be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews, including: Mac, Kennedy, Wyatt, Lane, Nathan, Desi and Jace. He was preceded in death by his beloved "Granny," Jean Wilson. Jason was born in Portland, Oregon on June 17, 1976. He moved around frequently early in his life, including time spent in Hawaii and California. He arrived in the small, tight-knit community of Sherwood, Oregon in the 8th grade, a tan, scrappy, quick-witted point guard, flashing his unforgettable smile and making lifelong friends along the way. A natural at basketball, he also played football and baseball, maturing into an even-keeled, unflappable leader. But perhaps the most important thing to happen in Sherwood was the day he met a girl named Amy Jones. She was the Homecoming Queen, he was her escort. And the rest, as the fairy tale goes, was history.
After graduating from Portland State University, Jason began his lifelong path as a mentor and leader in his community. He was the head basketball coach at Southridge High School in Beaverton, assistant coach at Tigard High School and Sherwood Middle School, and coached at schools throughout Seaside. As a police officer, he was a favorite among his peers and the citizens of Seaside. He didn't just respond to a burglary call, he stayed until the homeowner felt safe. He walked up to kids on the street with his wide, warm smile and listened to what they had to say. He was in life as he was as an officer: honest, fair and kind.
Although Jason was deeply entrenched in his community, he made the drive to Eugene as often as possible to watch Oregon football games. But it was his family that made him happiest. Teaching the girls to play basketball and watching them become leaders on the court was a tremendous source of joy and pride.
Jason will be tremendously missed by all who knew him.
Funeral Services will be held at the Friday, February 12 at 1:00 P.M. at the Seaside Convention Center for family, friends and law enforcement. Overflow venues will be announced prior to the Service.
220 N. Holladay Dr.
Seaside, OR 97138