|Birth: ||Jul. 30, 1935|
|Death: ||Oct. 11, 2002|
Longtime basketball coach dies from ALS
Posted October 16, 2002 in Passages
Rocky Mountain News October 16, 2002
Gary Goings died Friday (Oct 11) at Swedish Hospital after a four-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease). He was 67.
He coached Colorado high school basketball players for 33 years, beginning as an assistant at Pueblo Centennial in 1959. He is best known for the 22 years he spent as head coach at Bear Creek.
Goings' Bears won the Class AAA state title in 1974, going 24-0 and beating Manual 62-59 in the final. Bear Creek reached the final again in 1985 and lost to Widefield 70-51. Goings won six Jefferson County League titles with the Bears.
He retired in 1993 after three years at Mullen. Last year, Goings was inducted into the Jefferson County League Hall of Fame and the Colorado Coaches Hall of Fame.
"I look back on my life and to the few people who had a big impact on it," said John Adamson, who played for Goings on Bear Creek's state championship team. "Gary certainly ranks in the high-impact category. He was a father figure, a rock for us in high school. What Gary instilled in us was bigger than basketball. He made a difference in a lot of kids' lives."
Former Alameda basketball coach Duane Lewis remembers the great games his teams played against Goings'.
"I first met Gary when I coached against him in the 1974 all-state game," said Lewis, then coach at Alamosa. "Gary taught me coaches could still be very competitive on the court but friends afterwards."
Goings was born July 20, 1935, in Brownsville, Neb. He graduated from Peru (Neb.) State Teachers College, where he played football and basketball, before moving to Colorado in 1959. He obtained his master's degree in secondary education at Western State.
Goings is survived by his wife, Barbara, principal at Drake Middle School in Jefferson County; sons Bill, Ron, Jerry and Randy Goings; daughter Cheryl Roberts; stepsons Matthew and Andrew Goings; sisters Wilda Athen and Joyce Heath; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday (Oct 19) at West Bowles Community Church, 12325 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the ALS Association, P.O. Box 7964, Boulder CO 80306.
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