Harry Goff
1937 - 2017
Harry Goff, a 50 year resident of Durango CO, died peacefully at home in Lincoln CA on 8-7-17 with family members by his side.

Harry was born in Casa Grande AZ 11-17-37. He was married to Merlene Sutter on June 10th, 1960 in Grand Island NE. The couple lived the majority of their lives in Durango, CO where they raised two daughters.

Harry grew up in Casa Grande, graduating as Valedictorian in 1955. He remembered those years and his friends from that time very fondly.

Harry was very civic minded, serving his country and community in many ways. Some of the notable ways he served include the Civil Engineering Corps of the US Navy, the CO State Board of Engineering, La Plata Electric Association and the board at Tri -State Generation and Transmission Inc.

Harry was the resident engineer for the development of the Durango water system and water storage tank facility.

In 1977, Harry started Goff Engineering and Surveying which is still successfully serving the Four Corners area and will celebrate it's 40th Anniversary this year.

After retiring, Harry enjoyed farming and caring for the land on his two farms located in Bayfield and the Red Mesa area. He was on the forefront of exploring alternative and renewable energy sources and built solar systems to power these properties including the irrigation systems he designed for each one.

Harry is survived by his wife Mert, and 2 daughters: Debbie with husband Brad and 4 children, and Jennie with husband Eric, and Harry's brother Warren. We loved him for his wise ways, his sense of humor, his kindness and his devotion to us all.

Harry was a friendly, soft-spoken and thoughtful-minded person who had a calming presence for those with whom he interacted. He always lead by example and with integrity. Harry always had an old pickup truck to drive and he was very respectful of the land he lived on and the natural world around him. He inspired many people in engineering, leadership, women in business, and community planning. He will be missed by many.

A celebration of life will be held at the Methodist Church in Durango CO on Oct 14th 2017.

Should you desire, donations can be made to Engineers Without Boarders Village Aid Project:

Online at: https://www.fortlewis.edu/villageaidproject/ and select: Support our Work.

Or mailed check payable to: FLC Foundation, VAPewb c/o Don May, Department of Engineering? Fort Lewis College, 1000 Rim Drive, Durango, CO 81301

You can visit his memorial website at: http://blueoakscbs.com/memsol.cgi?user=40600514_HGoff

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Published by The Durango Herald on Aug. 17, 2017.
Celebration of Life
Methodist Church
, Durango, CO
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Dear Mert,

Please know that our hearts go out to you and your family at this time of loss. Sending our love and thoughts from everyone at Project Linus. Prayers are with you my friend.

Reggie Hogan & all at Project Linus, Durango CO Chapter
August 28, 2017
I first met Hal when we moved to C.G., Az. in '44'. He and several others went to the Prebyterian Church together because the Methodist had some problems. Hal, and Kim Fox, Larry Knight Deanna Mason and Mady Buntz and myself were all involved as a "gang" and had many enjoyable times together through out hi school we were all in the class of '55'. Hal had so many friends like us and was active in school clubs and sports. Harry. we of the "Big 5' will miss you but we know there will be another reunion someday. Owen.
Owen Doster
August 26, 2017
We had the honor of being Harry and Mert's neighbors for many decades. We often talked over the fence about the Broncos, bears, gardening and whatever was happening in the neighborhood or town.

Harry made this world a special place and we are all better for it.

Mert and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jeff and Penne
August 21, 2017
We had the honor of being Harry and Merts neighbors for decades. Harry was the kindest man. Always a smile when walking by or shoveling snow. We often talked over the fence about The Broncos, bears or whatever was happening at that time.

This world is a much better place because of Harry and we can't thank him enough.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mert and the family.

Jeff and Penne Fugate
August 21, 2017
I had a paper route in 1977-1978 . I would deliver to the small line of offices next to the Standard gas station, now Subway. I liked it when I was able to hand the newpaper directly to Harry. He was very nice and always had a nice thing to say about the day. I've never met another man like Harry Goff. They threw away to mold after Harry was made. God Bless you, Harry, and you kindness. You were one of a kind.
August 19, 2017
Harry Goff was one of the nicest and kindest men I've known in Durango and had the pleasure to know him and his sweet wife for many years. He will be missed! My condolences to his family. Rachel Kuss
Rachel Kuss
August 18, 2017
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