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Obituary for Carli Lynn Goddard

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Carli Lynn Goddard

March 4, 1985 - September 22, 2011

Carli Lynn Goddard”Cricket”Our daughter, Carli Lynn Goddard, a beautiful soul, entered our lives on the morning of March 4. 1985, and changed us all forever. She departed peacefully in the early morning hours of September 22, 2011, becoming another statistic of the insidious disease of addiction. Carli was the only daughter of Mitch and Darci Goddard, and she will be deeply missed. Carli was a bright and precocious child who loved nature and was in awe of the beauty of the world. She attended Roy and Ogden City schools graduating with a 4.0 GPA from Ogden High School in 2003. She graduated cum laude from Weber State University in December 2010, with her Associates degree and was working towards a degree in Health Services Administration. Carli loved art and expressing herself through writing. She felt closest to God when she was in the mountains or at the ocean, fishing, riding horses, and practicing yoga. Carli loved to laugh and had one of the most beautiful smiles the world has ever seen. She loved her family and her friends, and cared deeply about others-at times more than she cared for herself. She was preceded in death by her Grandfather Robert B. Goddard, whom she never met while alive but is now busy catching up with. Carli is survived by her parents, two brothers- Brady (Tiffanie) Hill of Eden and Sean Goddard of Ogden, and grandparents Larry and Deanna Hales of Pleasant View, and Carol W. Goddard of Ogden. She also leaves behind nephews Aiden and Connor Hill, whom she loved very much, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Carli made many friends while attempting to recover, and they meant so much to her and to us. A special warm thank you to the staff of Coldcreek Wellness for their continued love and support and for helping our family understand what she was up against. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been set up at Cold Creek Wellness in Carli’s name to assist others (disadvantaged) in their struggle with addiction, P.O. Box 699 Kaysville, Utah, 84037. Please take the time to hug someone and let him or her know that your life is better because he or she is a part of it. Heaven has reclaimed our angel, but her spirit will always be with us on Earth. We love you sweetheart. Namaste Carli. (The light in me honors the light in you.)


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Timeline for Carli Lynn Goddard

Born: March 4, 1985
Died: September 22, 2011

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MARK posted on 1/21/12



NIchoals posted on 12/25/11

not a memory this time... but merry christmas love... i miss you so and know that the angel you are, is looking out for me and my best interests... love you forever and you have a place burned into my heart forever and ever!


NICHOLAS KERWIN posted on 10/19/11



Margy Sanders posted on 10/14/11

Our family was so deeply affected by hearing of the loss of your daughter Carli. Carli was a great friend of our daughter April during her High School years. Carli and April shared so many great memories and good times. Our son has suffered from addiction as well. There were plenty of sleepless nights we spent wondering if we too would be in the same position you are in now. Addiction is such a terrible stronghold Satan uses to keep us from our loved ones. Our family is praying for you and your family. May God comfort you and keep your memories of Carli precious. Love The Sander's Family


Bart and Julie Kendell posted on 10/10/11

Mitch and DarciWhat a beautiful young woman. Although we did not personally know her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Know that she rests in the arms of angels and that her trails are over. We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your precious daughter Carli. May you feel the comfort of Our Heavenly Fathers love at this time and the Saviours arms wrapped around you.Bart and Julie Kendell


Sheryl Barfus posted on 10/8/11

You don't know me but we share a common bond. My beautiful daughter Valarie was born on March 7, 1985, three days after your beautiful daughter. The bond is deeper though. My Valarie is in the process of dying due to her addiction to alcohol. I don't know how much longer we will have her, but I know it's inevitable.My heart and prayers go out to your family. I can truly say I believe I know what you are feeling. How tragic to lose a life so precious to such an ugly and devistating disease. May you find peace in the good memories of your Carli, and may I testify that I know that her spirit lives on. Love and light to you all.


Julie Latter posted on 10/5/11

Darci, I see you in Carli, she looks so much like you. You are connected to her and she to you. That was obvious the minute I saw her picture. She looks like an angel unawares. I believe she was an angel incarnate and this world was much too harsh for her to bear. She is forever etched in time as the angel in that picture. Remember that you will see her in a rainbow, the stars, the dawn of morning, a candle and in your quiet moments. Carli is at peace and released from the world of addiction and sorrow. She is now joyous and free.......but will never leave you, she will be there, just keep watching. My heart aches for you and your family, there are just no words. But the spirit in you will carry you and your family forward. I love you Darci, you've always been so special to me. And Carli, I don't remember seeing a more beautiful girl.Julie


Dan Beech posted on 10/5/11

Mitch and Darcy: I was heartbroken to hear about the passing of your daughter. Having an only daughter myself, I can't imagine the loss you are going through. I just wanted to let you know that my wife and I are thinking about you, and that you are in our hearts and prayers. May God bless. Dan and Kris Beech


Bret and Karen Kendell posted on 10/4/11

Our hearts ache so much. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Tim, Donna, Cody & Casey Thompson posted on 10/4/11

Mitch, Darci, Shaun & Brady. We were devastated to learn of your tragic loss. There are no words to describe our sorrow. We remember Carli as a sweet, vibrant girl who had a smile that was unforgettable. Our memories of camping and fishing trips will be a wonderful reminder of a beautiful girl, a sweet soul and an amazing light who left this world way too early. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you now and we will continue to keep you in our prayers during the difficult days that will undoubtedly follow. May God bless you and provide you with comfort and peace. The Thompson Family


Rick & Oladale Mael posted on 10/3/11

What a special person. She came into my life when a young friend was much needed. Carli struggled with so much with life's burdens, never realizing why God placed her upon this earth. She brought so much joy and love to those of us lucky enough to have been blessed to meet her. She was amazing in so many ways and will be deeply missed We love you Carli!!!


Rick & Oladale Mael posted on 10/3/11

What a special person. She came into my life when a young friend was much needed. Carli struggled with so much with life's burdens, never realizing why God placed her upon this earth. She brought so much joy and love to those of us lucky enough to have been blessed to meet her. She was amazing in so many ways and will be deeply missed We love you Carli!!!


Judy Kearns posted on 10/3/11

Thank you for sharing the consequences of addiction. The pain of losing someone to the disease has to be horrible and I thank God daily for my reprieve. May He bless your family and bring you peace.


DeAnne Eppich posted on 10/2/11

Dedicated to my beautiful niece, Carli..."Cricket"To me, our lives are like rivers. Carli's river was sometimes calm and serene and other times turbulent and dangerous. As hard as we tried to be her river guides, the current was too powerful and she was swept away from us but "life and death are one even as the river and the sea are one and we all flow to the sea." Love to you Mitch, Darc, Sean and Brady......step outside and listen to the crickets...Aunt Deeds


Nancy Gabbert Bingham posted on 10/2/11

I just wanted to say thank you for allowing my son, Ryan, to be involved in Carli's life and death. He was a resident of Cold Creek until yesterday. He too relapsed about an hour after he got home and is in the hospital. I have kept Carli's sweet obituary around to remind him of the concequences of choices he may make. He will leave the hospital on Mon for a return to Cold Creek until he can figure out somewhere to live. It was our boundary that you use then you will not live here. It has been difficult to follow through with this. I just want to thank you for being strong and open about Carlis addiction. It is not something to be taken lightly. I think the more the public is aware of this horrible disease the better off we all are. Also thank you for setting up the scholarship.....what a fantastic idea. I know that will be great for someone. We had to use our retirement to get Ryan help. We had no insurance. As a parent we have to know that we did everything we could for our addict. I KNOW that you did and continue to do everything you can so Carli's death isn't in vain. I wish I knew you so I could give you a big hug. Please know that I am sending a big hug via email. I applaud you again for being so open. It is a serious disease and people need to get that. I am so very, very sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you. I really admire your courage and openness. On the day of the funeral I was at the house and one of the residents told me how much that funeral affected her for the good. She very well knows that could have been any one of them. Thank you for your example to the rest of us parent's of addicts. I so know that there isn't one thing I can do to relieve the overwhelming pain you feel, but I do want you to know that because of you many people will have their eyes opened and know that this disease can affect all people from all walks of life. It doesn't affect just the rich or poor, the intelligent or the challenged, race, religion, sex, etc. I know I don't know you, but I do love and respect you. Maybe someday we will meet and I can give you that hug in person.Nancy


Patrick Sauter Campbell posted on 10/1/11

When we first met in elementary school at Grandview, all the way to when we graduated from Ogden High in 2003, you were one of my very best classmates and friends! You will always be in my thoughts and prayers. May God's perpetual light always shine upon you, and may you rest in God's love and peace. Thanks for being a great friend and classmate!


Barbara Wheeler (aunt Barbara) posted on 10/1/11

My dear Darci and Mitch - My heart aches for you. I can't even begin to imagine the pain you are feeling at the loss of Carli. Such a beautiful young woman and so capable. I know without a doubt that she is in a safe place and that you will see her again. That does not really make the pain and emptiness of today go away, I know, but perhaps you will find some comfort in that promise in the days, months and years to come. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you,Barbara


Paula Price posted on 9/30/11

I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. My daughter is the same age as Carli and has battled addiction for the past three years. It is such a difficult thing for families to deal with. Our daughters are beautiful and talented and it is so unfortunate when addiction hi-jacks their life.May God bless and comfort you.


Roz O'Loughlin posted on 9/30/11 may not remember me from yoga at Mindful Women...eons ago. I was so saddened to see your sweet daughter's obituary. It broke my heart for you and your family. Enduring the loss of your child must be devastating. Please know that you all are in my heart and that I send the healing balm of peace and love. Namaste, fellow traveler. Roz


Sharon Roghaar posted on 9/30/11

Mitch, Darci, and family, Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Carli was a joy to know. We are very saddened by her passing. Thank you for being open about her struggle with addition and for creating a scholarship to help others.Sincerely, Sharon and Brad Roghaar


April Sanders Masarik posted on 9/29/11

Dear Mitch and Darci,I am just wrecked from the news of Carli's death. The words in her obituary really hit home, in terms of the devastation that addiction brings to families. I hope her death brings enlightenment, understanding, and openness about this issue. We have lost too many beautiful souls to addiction.Even though Carli and I haven't seen each other much since we graduated from high school, I still feel a deep, painful, hole in my heart knowing she is gone from this earth. We shared many special moments together, as fellow cheerleaders and classmates at OHS. When I reminisce about high school days, Carli is in these memories. Old pictures are filled with her smiles and she just glows with beauty, inside and out. That smile could make anyone melt! I am really going to miss her, but will find joy in remembering her and the moments we shared during such an indelible time in our lives. Our friendship has made a long-lasting impression on my life and I wish she was here, so I could tell her this. So many people loved her! I can't imagine what it would be like to lose a daughter, but I will pray for peace and healing for the Goddard family. You are not alone in the struggle of loving (and losing) someone with an addiction. I know Carli's story and memory will impact many people. The words you wrote in her obituary are so powerful. May Carli now rest in peace. Love,April (Sanders) Masarik


melissa hernandez posted on 9/29/11

sorry to hear you left us i never talk to u in school but i had heard u was pretty cool.


Cory Moss posted on 9/29/11

I had the pleasure of having Carli in two of my courses last year. She was an excellent student and committed to her goals. Her future was bright and that reflected in her studies. May you be comforted in knowing her successes and positive impact on others. I was proud to have her in our department


KYLE & AMANDA PIERCE posted on 9/29/11

I had the pleasure of high school years with Carli, she was a truely amazing girl. Not only beautiful on the outside but as well on the inside. Your words were perfect when it discribed her as caring for others sometimes even more than herself. Take comfort in knowing her spirit is free and she is at peace now. Another angel to watch over us all. Rest in Peace Carli


David Rawson posted on 9/29/11

Mitch, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful daughter. I just wanted you to know how much I respect and appreciate working with you. As unimaginable as it may have seemed on the job together, there are worse things to go through than Liberty Peak. I hope you can find comfort knowing she is in a better place and will continue to touch others through her talents and bright smile. David RawsonRawson Development


Breanna Campbell posted on 9/29/11

Love you guys and I am so sorry that we all lost bre and family


Coleen Wood posted on 9/29/11

Darci my heart goes out to you and Mitch at this time. Such a sad ending to a beautiful life. Please know that my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. Coleen (Bob Phillips office with you)


Beth Griffiths posted on 9/28/11

My heart aches for you - may God wrap His arms around you at this time. Remember the joy, hugs, and happy moments. My prayers are with you - Beth Griffiths


inez perez posted on 9/28/11

I don't know any of you but your pain is familiar. I applaud your strength and love. I pray for peace for the Goddard family, and sweet goodbyes to Carli. RIP.


jamie lampros-shenefelt posted on 9/28/11

I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I always enjoyed teaching Carli piano lessons. She was a bright, enthusiastic and very talented young lady. A couple of years ago she approached me at a Weber State University game and we caught up with each other on our lives. She was a beautiful girl. My God be with you and your family at this difficult time.Jamie Lampros-Shenefelt


Dick Dahlkemper posted on 9/28/11

Darci, I was shocked to see Carli's picture in the newspaper this morning and so sad to read about her death. She was such a bright light in the classroom and a pleasure to have as a student. She struggled with class requirements at times (and now I have a better understanding of that) but she always came back to redo the work as necessary. What a beautiful obituary. I have some close experience with how devastating the loss of a child can be for a mother. As you mourn, I hope you are able to celebrate her life, hold the rest of your family and friends close, and eventually enjoy life with them to the fullest.


Todd Wheeelr posted on 9/28/11

Mitch & Darci,I am so sad for your loss, may peace be with you and your family during this time. Carli, I am sure inspired so many people on this earth and I for one will take the beautiful words written in her obituary and pass them on to my children. May love be all around you and your family forever.


Emily Lane posted on 9/28/11

I don't think the news of this reality truly hit me until reading Carli's obituary. I admired Carli through our years of school together. Not just because she was a talented cheerleader and beautiful girl, but also because she was a beautiful person on the inside and had such a contagious spirit about her. She had the ability to light up a room. I loved being around Carli. She always made me laugh so much and we shared some great times together. She was there for me during some rough times in high school - and quickly turned my tears into laughter. I will never forget Carli, and I'm sure no one else that had the opportunity to know her will either. She will never be forgotten. My deepest sympathy goes out to Carli's family. I commend you for the truthful, and beautifully written obituary. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that her soul is finally at peace now.


Emily posted on 9/28/11

I don't think the news of this reality truly hit me until reading Carli's obituary. I admired Carli through our years of school together. Not just because she was a talented cheerleader and beautiful girl, bur also because she was a beautiful person on the inside and had such a contagious spirit about her. She had the ability to light up a room. I loved being around Carli. She always made me laugh so much and we shared some great times together. She was there for me during some rough times in high school - and quickly turned my tears into laughter. I will never forget Carli, and I'm sure no one else that had the opportunity to know her will either. She will never be forgotten. My deepest sympathy goes out to Carli's family. I commend you for the truthful, and beautifully written obituary. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that her soul is finally at peace now.


Matt Snyder posted on 9/28/11

Carli,You touched the lives of many in recovery and have left an empty spot that can't be filled in the group. Your group misses you, however, we are glad you are at peace. See you on the other side friend.Matt


Barbara Madsen posted on 9/28/11

My heart goes out to you and your family at this time. As a mother I can't image losing a child. I didn't know Carli personally but in reading her obituary this morning it touched my heart. and that as a family you were so loving and supportive of her. Carli is one of the fortunate ones who had a loving and caring family. As a recovering addict/alcoholic I pray that someday my family will understand that this IS a disease and not a "choice". I felt compelled to let you know that by listing in her obituary that she left this life as a result of this cunning, baffling and powerful disease, her life was not in vain. As it touched my heart, it may have touched someone on the edge of using again. So in other words, I applaud you because today you may have saved a precious life that you may never be aware of. Sometimes for whatever reason, others want to hide the truth that their loved one has suffered this disease by death. So my thanks go out to you and your family for that. I have also loved and lost many wonderful people to this disease. May God help ease your pain now. I want you to know that today you changed my life by sharing your pain with the world. Many thanks! You are in my heart and prayers today and always.Regards,Barb M.


Maureen Kopecky posted on 9/28/11

While I was not Carli's counselor, the news of her death was just devastating. You are so brave to put her cause of death. Your scholarship is really wonderful.


Dawn and Tim Carter posted on 9/28/11

We are so sorry for your loss. You both were loving and beautiful parents to Carli. She knew that as well. May you and your family find peace and comfort knowing that Carli is free from her struggles. May you find laughter in cherished memories. May you find a knowing in random thoughts or chance encounters with those things that only make perfect sense to you.We love you both.Warm regards,Dawn and Tim


Molly O'Connor posted on 9/28/11

Carli is a huge part of who I am today. We grew up together and she was there for me throughout the most significant moments in my life. When we were 12 years old my dad suddenly passed away. I could not of chose a better friend to be there by my side helping me through that unimaginable time. Every year, for the past 13 years, I have gotten a call on the anniversary of his death letting me know she was thinking about me and if I needed anything she was there. No matter what she was struggling with in her own life she always made time to be there for a friend. She is truly an irreplaceable person and I feel so blessed that I got to share 16 years of our lives together. I have so many great memories to last me until we get to meet again. I love you Carli. My heart goes out to Darci, Mitch, Brady and Sean.


Kriss LaSalle posted on 9/28/11

Dear Mitch and Darci,My Heart aches for you. Carli is a beautiful sweet soul, a spirit taken way too soon. God Bless you both. Namaste, Kriss


WRENDY HULSE posted on 9/27/11

Many people will walk in and out of our lives, but only true friends like Carli will leave footprints in our hearts. When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure and how lucky are we to have had someone in our lives that makes saying goodbye so hard. It seems like just yesterday I was laughing with you and you will forever be missed. Your love leaves an unerasable imprint in our memories but we find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared it with you.


Alyssa Nielsen posted on 9/27/11

I will always remember Carli as such a smart, beautiful and fun loving person. Her smile and laugh was infectious. She was such a nice person to anyone she came in contact with and made them feel special. May you rest in peace.


Pamela Peck posted on 9/27/11

Darci, Mitch and family, please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. I know Carli touched many lives and her memory will live on forever in your hearts. I hope you find peace in knowing how much she loved you and that her presence will be with you every day.


Taylor and Amber Jones posted on 9/27/11

Carli,You were such a sweet, beautiful and loving person! You are loved and missed by so many. Your spirit will forever live on! We love you!To Carli's family- may you find peace and some comfort in knowing that Carli is at peace now. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.


Alisha Burris posted on 9/27/11

Darci,My heart is with you, Mitch, and your family. I know that Carli's spirit will always be with you and watch over you.Although I cannot be there to give you the hug I want to give, I am hugging you in my mind and I love you!


Whitney & Lindsey Alexander posted on 9/27/11

We will always remember you as a smart, beautiful girl with such a bright future. You will be forever missed, rest in peace.


Mark and Janet Green posted on 9/27/11

Mark and I want you to know you are all in our prayers. You have a beautiful guarden angel that will be with you every day. Her love will shine in your heart for ever more. Always Mark and Janet Green


Rachel Waite Jensen posted on 9/27/11

Carli, I'll always remember you being so beautiful and smart. I wish you knew how special you truly are. I hope you are at peace and your soul is free feeling nothing but happiness. You will be greatly missed, and I will have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.


Melanie Tackett posted on 9/27/11

Sweet Carli, you are free. You affected so many lives both in living and in your passing. You and your family are in my heart and prayers.


Brittany Field Vandyke posted on 9/27/11

I was lucky enough to attend Jr high and High school with cute Carli. In the many encounters I had with her she was always happy and had a smile. She had the most gorgeous smile and a very funny personality. I am saddened by her passing and my last memory of her was when she was our waitress at the Olive Garden one night, I remember thinking it had been years since I had seen or talked to her and she came sat next to my husband and I and was so sweetly . I remember her trying to catch up on my life in the short time she waited on us, after leaving that night i was amazed that a person I had not seen in years was willing to sit down and talk with me. What an infectious personality she had. Mitch, Darcy and Sean, always remember that Carli touched many lives and shared many wonderful memories with many of us. She is in heaven and is happy and free from the everyday struggles we face here on earth. Your family is in my prayers. You will be reunited one day and be able to hold sweet Carli in your arms. Take care;)


Brynden Hansen posted on 9/27/11

Carli,I'm miss your beauty and effervescent laugh. Thank you again for being a part of my healing and sharing all that you did when you did. I still can't believe your gone from this world of klesa & kenji-waku.(I know you would appreciate that). I will always remember you and your words of encouragement. Be free of all that held you captive here. Bless you with smiles and love where ever you decided to go.


Melissa Valdez posted on 9/27/11

I'm so sorry for your loss. Carli was a beautiful girl and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to know her. May your family find peace at this terrible time, knowing Carli is finally free. Sincerely, Melissa Valdez


Jason and Nicole Goddard posted on 9/27/11

Our thoughts and prayer's go out to Carli's family. She is a beautiful girl. Our family has been deeply sadden to hear of her passing. Jason, Nicole, Harrison, and Hannah Goddard


Eden Hopper posted on 9/26/11

Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Carli said once that she was convinced I "had it out for her," :) as I was strict about the rules at Cold Creek. Before she finished her stay there, I got the chance to tell her that it wasn't just because it was my job; it was because I truly loved her and cared for her welfare. I still do, of course.I hope she knew that, and I sincerely hope she knows it now. She is finally free or her painful disease, and I'm so happy to think of how joyful that must be for her.I think it must also be wonderful for Carli to be able to help others she loved from up above. Many times I witnessed her lifting to her friends' spirits with her infectious sense of humor and delightful pranks. She "may or may not have" cracked me up despite myself on a couple of occasions. :) It was obvious how much she cared for others.She is a beautiful girl with a beautiful soul, and will be sorely missed. I am grateful to have been blessed with her presence for the short time I was. God bless you and keep you. Eden