Glen E. Goodwin

July 3, 1958 – July 19, 2022

Glen “Gooch” Goodwin, beloved Bisbee-Patagonia resident and lifelong Arizonan, passed away on July 19, 2022 at the age of 64.

Gooch was born in Patagonia and spent the first four decades of his life working on ranches throughout the southwest. Endowed with a creative spirit, he learned silversmithing in his early years and launched Gooch Goodwin Silver in 1975, where he made jewelry and other adornments for his clients.

In 2000, Gooch left the ranching life behind and took a job as a seasonal fire lookout on Red Mountain in Patagonia, Arizona. He worked as a lookout for six seasons and was so inspired by the mountains – the landscapes, wildlife, canyons, watering holes – that he picked up photography professionally in 2004. Photography was a life-long interest of his, which he continued to practice up until his death.

Gooch had a passion for the environment: for owls, mountain lions, and coyotes, canyons and oak trees, ravens and wild things. He never left home without his binoculars and was often asked to accompany journalists, students, and gap-year groups to the Patagonia Mountains and San Rafael Valley to talk about his experiences as a rancher and environmental activist.

He could be found volunteering for nonprofits in his later years: pulling invasive species, checking wildlife cameras, monitoring springs, and co-founding Patagonia Area Resource Alliance, a nonprofit fighting to protect the water and wildlife of the Patagonia Mountains from industrial mining.

Gooch was also known for his golden heart, his generosity, and his listening spirit. Those who knew him know intimately the deep love he had for others and the compassion he had for their lives. He loved to read and enjoyed trying new things. His many experiences in life included working as a board member, a coffee roaster, a community watchdog, and a wildlands firefighter.

A memorial service to celebrate Gooch’s life was held Sept. 11 in Patagonia, Arizona at the Town park. 

Please consider making a donation in his memory to either Borderlands Restoration Network or Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – two nonprofits Gooch cared very deeply about – or to the Anxiety & Depression Association