Frank Alan Goodwin
June 24, 1944 ~ January 11, 2024
St. Louis , Missouri
Resided in: Lawndale, California
Frank Alan Goodwin was born on June 24, 1944, to Marcella Bigham and Frank Goodwin in St. Louis, Missouri. As the eldest of 14 children, Frank helped his mother raise his 13 brothers and sisters. After high school, Frank enlisted in the military and after some years in New York, Frank settled in Los Angeles in 1968 and was here ever since. Frank and his first wife Mary had a son named Alan Jr. Unfortunately, Alan Jr. passed away too young, but prior to leaving, brought a son into the world named Alan. Through Alan, Frank became a great-grandfather and was blessed with four great-grandchildren: Adamien, Kortlan, Garvin, and Kyran. Frank had many occupations in his long life: a life insurance broker at MetLife, a NASA contractor, a professional photographer, an art collector and dealer, and a casino poker dealer at the Hollywood Park Casino, which is where he met his fellow dealer and second wife, Ms. Phyllis. They dated for 11 years, married in 2011 and were together until the end.
Frank enjoyed all art, especially African art. He liked to travel, whether it was across town or across the world, but he also loved to nest at home. He had a talent and keen eye for interior design and decor and would keep his home in showroom condition. Frank also loved music and often had jazz, Motown and R&B on throughout the day. He enjoyed seeing concerts and movies and sometimes these two passions would converge and he would randomly burst out into song and dance with jazz hands. Similar to the way Frank kept his home, Frank was also a man of dignity and organization—his outfits were always on point and he would know just the right cap and sunglasses to pair with an outfit. As a younger man, Frank enjoyed cigarettes and alcohol, but wisened up and settled for the vices of soda, hotdogs, and popcorn later in life. If you asked him if he wanted a drink, he’d jokingly say, “A screwdriver…Just kidding!” or “Maybe tomorrow!” Above all those things though, Frank loved interacting with people he cared about. Frank was a long-time member of the Redondo Beach Center for Spiritual Living and valued his time there. He routinely kept in touch with his family and relatives, near and far, throughout his life. He loved his family dearly. Whether it was holiday parties, birthdays, graduations, or weddings, Frank was there to celebrate with you.
The last months of Frank’s life were quiet but peaceful. He required rest and assisted oxygen. But if you saw or spoke to him, he would assure you he was doing “OK!” and said “I’ll be alright”. On Thursday, January 11, 2024, Frank passed away at Harbor UCLA Medical Center due to complications from COPD and a heart condition.
Frank is survived by his loving wife, Ms. Phyllis Goodwin. Together, they shared a life filled with love and companionship for over two decades. Through Phyllis, Frank gained nine grandchildren, who knew him as Grandpa Frank. Frank leaves behind a legacy that extends to his surviving siblings: Risa and Truman Durley, Stephen and Sheila Goodwin, Terry Goodwin, Gregory Goodwin, Ellen and Bennie Arlon, Gina Stelly, Margo and John Gordon, Todd and Nacour Goodwin, and Vincent Goodwin. Each sibling contributed to the rich tapestry of his family history and shares in the sorrow of his passing. Frank is preceded in death by Marcella Bigham (mother), Frank Goodwin (father), Frank Alan Goodwin, Jr. (son), and by his siblings Toni Goodwin, Marvin Goodwin, Avis Hall, Julianne Entwistle, and Demasus Stelly.
In remembering Frank, we are touched by the countless memories that define his vibrant presence. We will not forget how he always had a bright smile whenever he greeted us. We will not forget the awe of his stories. We will not forget the kind words he had to say about whomever he was speaking of or to. We will not forget his big, hearty laugh… because man, sometimes you gotta laugh. See you later, Frank. We’ll miss you. Thank you for being a good part of our lives.
Frank’s ashes will be laid to rest at Pacific Crest Cemetery, 2701 182nd St, Redondo Beach, California 90278.