Daryl Lee “Butch” Godwin was born in Albany, Ore. on April 25, 1944 to Leo Ivan Godwin and Elva M. “Sis” Sink Godwin. He died at the age of 72 in his home on March 2, 2017.
He was self-employed with his trucking business, Godwin Trucking. His wife, Marsha, is the Dabco office manager, and she also kept books for their family business.
He attended school in Kooskia and graduated from Clearwater Valley High.
He was married to his wife Marsha Paulsen on Jan. 2, 1971, in her family church in Arco, Idaho.
Butch served in the army for several years. Part of that time he served in several locations overseas. Butch enjoyed traveling to many areas and even skied in the Alps.
Butch’s service time was a very important time in his life. He remained in close contact and involved throughout the years with his military family and friends.
When Butch started dating Marsha he was working at the race track in Idaho Falls on the weekends as a pitman for his best friend, Dusty. At that time he also worked at the lumber mill in Arco during the week. They married shortly after meeting and Butch was soon employed at Arlo Lott Trucking.
In the spring of 1972 they moved to Kamiah and he began working at his dad’s cedar mill. After that he bought a self-loader to start his own trucking business. Later on he bought a chip truck. He was always busy hauling something or working on his truck.
Butch was an active member of the Eagles Club and loved to play poker. He was also in the bowling league in Kamiah for many decades. He loved to play pool and golf.
He was a friend to all and liked a good time. Butch could visit and hangout like a teenager. He loved working in his shop and especially on his trucks. He even found and restored Marsha’s first car, an Oldsmobile, and gave it to her as a surprise. He loved spending time with his family and going camping, fishing, and hunting. He often traveled and visited friends. He would go on annual trips to Arizona to visit with many different friends.
He left behind his wife, Marsha Godwin, of 46 years, his son Ryan Matthew Godwin and Ryan’s wife Jamie of Boise. He had two grandchildren, Kevin (22) and Emma Godwin (13). He also had four “adoptees” (Hali, Ryle, KC, and Libby) who called him Grandpa Butch. He had a sister Donita (David) Powers of Orofino, and his brother Rick (Opal) Godwin of Myrtle along with many nephews and nieces. He will be greatly missed and had many close friends who he loved dearly. He left us too soon, but will never be forgotten.
Celebration of life with Military Honors will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 11 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Highway 12, Kamiah. Reverend Luann Howard will officiate. A covered dish dinner will follow at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.