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“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not into thine own understandings. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct thy path.” Proverbs 3:5-6
You have faithfully followed your path and it has led you Home! Jeffrey Allen Goff entered his Heavenly Home on Monday, June 7, 2021 following a sudden illness.
Jeffrey Allan was born on February 11, 1962, in Mansfield to Gerald & Roberta (Watkins) Goff. From a young age Jeff loved learning and by age 5 he could recite the names, birthdates and terms of each US President. This began his lifelong love of politics and history.
He enjoyed sports but soon found writing about them was his real talent. In junior high, Jeff began writing for the Knox County Citizen covering sports and he was given the nickname, “Scoop.” During high school, the Mount Vernon News hired him to cover sports for Fredericktown as a staff writer. His affinity for sports continued into adulthood, and Jeff was an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians, Browns, OSU Buckeyes, and his favorite sport was baseball.
Also during high school, Jeff discovered his gift and passion for music and singing. He sang in a number of ensembles and high school musicals including the lead in Once Upon a Mattress. He taught himself to play guitar and was excited to see this love continue in his youngest daughter Sarah, and he was her biggest fan.
Jeff graduated from Fredericktown High School in 1980. He went on to earn his bachelors in education from The Ohio State University and began his teaching career at Madison. Jeff was a fourth-fifth-and-sixth grade teacher in Mansfield City Schools for 30 years. He taught his students to appreciate social studies and science and was recently overseeing the computer lab at Malabar. He was involved in coaching, teaching committees, and acting as athletic director; he was loved by students and faculty alike.
He married Susan Mauritz on August 3, 1984 after proposing to her at the Clear Fork Reservoir; they were joined by three children. Known as “Pap,” he loved watching them grow into kind, caring adults with a strong work ethic and a deep faith in Christ as well. He was a wonderful dad who was very involved in his kids’ lives. Jeff and his wife were active with several local congregations, and most recently attended Mosaic Church.
Jeff had a great love of genealogy and spent countless hours researching his ancestors. His family tree contains 81,001 names but the ones most important were his descendants. The proudest names on his tree are his Buckeye grandchildren, Grayson & Scarlett. Mentioning their names brought a broad smile to his face and he beamed with joy talking about them.
Jeff is survived by his wife of 36 years, Susan Goff of Mansfield; children Stephanie (Nick) Blanchard of Mt. Vernon, Jeremy (Elizabeth) Goff of Columbia City, IN, and Sarah Goff of Mansfield; grandchildren Grayson Blanchard and Scarlett Goff; mother Bobbi Goff Pigman of Fredericktown; father-in-law Daniel Mauritz of Mansfield; sisters Kelly (Chris) Castle and Theresa (James) Sims all of Bellville; niece Kaybria Sims; nephews Logan and Deacon Sims, Mickey (Sabrina) and Dr. Danny (Dr. Cheryl) Lodwick; along with numerous great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, extended family members, and friends.
His family will receive friends 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Friday, June 18, 2021, at Snyder Funeral Homes, 2553 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield, calling hours will continue there from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday. A funeral service honoring his life will begin at 1:00 PM Saturday, June 19, 2021, officiated by Pastors Jeremy Goff (his son) and Tony Pingitore.
Contributions in Jeff’s memory may be made to Mansfield City Schools and brought to his services or sent to them at 856 W. Cook Road, Mansfield, OH 44907.
Snyder Funeral Homes, Lexington Avenue Chapel is honored to serve his family. Watch Jeff’s tribute video and share a message with the family at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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