On Jan. 2, 2004, we lost Kyle Joseph
He was 16 years old, bright,
beautiful, loving and so very loved. Kyle was born in
Exeter on April 30, 1987, to Lynne and Reed Goodwin. He
had a sweetness about him that will live forever in the
souls of those who loved him. From the beginning of his
life Kyle had a special connection to each member of his
extended family. He had such a playful approach to life.
The oldest call him their favorite while the youngest
all look up to him as their idol.
Kyle attended Exeter Union High
School, where he lettered on both the Water Polo and
Swim teams. He was proud of his role on the California
Youth Council as well as his work with the California
Friday Night Live Partnership and Tulare County Office
of Education. He was loved and nurtured by the Friday
Night Live family. He took pride in working and earning
things for himself, putting in hours of hard work at a
few local ranches. He loved communicating with all his
friends and cousins with the computer.
Kyle was blessed with two
sisters, Casey and Kellie and his brother Christopher.
It was obvious that they shared an amazing love. They
drew strength and direction from each other. It was one
true, right thing in a world that often makes no sense.
Kyle ached relentlessly over the loss of Casey on March
13, 2003. We can only survive losing Kyle because we
know that Casey is holding him now, as she did in life.
Kyle's family includes his adoring parents Reed and Lynne, sisters Casey
and Kellie, his brother Christopher and brother in spirit, Ryan Warren.
Leah Mitchell was special to him. His grandparents Frank and Louise
Viola, Dianna Thornsbrough, Anne and John Baker, Reed and Doreen
He was a special boy to his
aunts and uncles: Leslie and Sean Pennington, Laura and
Steven Preciado, Joe and Wind Goodwin, Vivian Weaver,
April Pagel, Jim Goodwin and Barry and Diane Sudbury and
their children Tyler and Matthew. He leaves behind many
cousins that will miss him for the rest of their lives.
Please join our family for a
Celebration of Life funeral service at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday
at the First Assembly Church, Caldwell Ave. at Akers St.
in Visalia. Visitation will be prior to the service at
2:30 p.m. at the church. A reception will immediately
follow at the Exeter Church of God, 246 W. Chestnut,
Remembrances may be made to the
Kyle Goodwin Memorial Fund, PO Box 601, Exeter, CA
93221, online condolences:
Arrangements by Smith Family Chapel, Exeter.