Mark Goodwin passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2023, in the company of his nearest and dearest. He reunites with Helen Cox Goodwin (mother); Zane Goodwin (father); and Matthew Goodwin (brother), who preceded him in death. And he is survived by daughter Martha Goodwin (Justin Ensafdaran); significant other Margaret Cornelius; brother Michael Goodwin (Jackie Goodwin); sister-in-law Lisa Goodwin; niece Lauren Goodwin (Ryan Brier); nephews Julian Goodwin, Zane Goodwin (Beth Moroney), and Daniel Goodwin (Olivia Nguyen) who mourn his passing but celebrate his life.
Mark was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was born on Friday, March 19, 1954, the oldest of three sons. He graduated from West Mesa High School in 1972 and began work as a surveyor soon thereafter. He went on to become a second-generation graduate from the University of New Mexico's School of Engineering. After working with a few firms in town, he decided to start his own company in 1985. With the help of some close family and friends, D. Mark Goodwin and Associates, P.A., was born. Mark was a proud owner of this firm from its inception to the time of his passing.
Mark met many people throughout his career. He became a pillar of the community through his success, his leadership, and his wisdom. His favorite charity was El Ranchito de Los Niños, a local children's home whose mission is to keep brothers and sisters together in a stable home where they grow into adulthood together. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to El Ranchito de Los Niños in Mark's honor. You can visit their website here: El Ranchito de los Niños ' Keeping Brothers & Sisters Together (elranchitonm.org)
Mark will be privately interred by his family at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Albuquerque. If you wish to visit him, please contact his daughter, Martha Goodwin, for details on where he will be placed. Since Mark would have wanted his friends and colleagues to celebrate his life without all the "sad fuss" of a funeral service, his family will be throwing him one last party on Saturday, September 9, 2023. For more details contact Kay at (505) 828-2200.
When asked what he wanted for his birthday or holidays, Mark always said "peace and quiet." As a father, business owner, friend, and leader, he rarely got what he asked for. Still, Mark's favorite day of the week was Sunday. You could often find him working on Sunday mornings, as those were some of the best times to enjoy the peace and quiet of doing the work he enjoyed-engineering. He would generally be done working by around 10:00 a.m. and then would look forward to having brunch at a local restaurant with his family. Two of his favorites were Casa de Benavides and Garcia's. Then, after lunch, Sunday afternoons were spent watching sports, hanging out outside, and cooking. He would make football bets with his friends at work and his daughter at home. He was a huge fan of the Miami Dolphins, LA Dodgers, and LA Lakers. He also closely followed the PGA. Mark was also a very good chef, having learned the art from his mom and grandmothers as he grew up. He enjoyed smoking ribs, grilling street tacos, and he made the best prime rib for holiday dinners.
Mark broke many molds and created new ones in their place. He preferred to live by his own rules, but did so in fun and responsible ways. If you knew him, he probably taught you how to set new standards for yourself, then showed you how to exceed them. He taught us how to love with loyalty, lead with patience, and live with common sense. His engineering brilliance will live on through the work he accomplished in his nearly 40 years as a business owner, problem-solver, and local leader in the industry.
We will all sorely miss Mark. May he live on through us in our laughter, our work, and our love for our families.
And may he finally get his peace and quiet.