Perry Lynn Gooch completed his earthly mission at the age of 80 on Nov. 10, 2023. He was born on July 5, 1943 in Twin Falls, Idaho to Perry Edmund Gooch and Maline Tippets Gooch.
Perry grew up in Arimo, Idaho and later, his family moved to Mesa, Arizona. He graduated from Mesa High School. Perry was called to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Santiago, Chile Mission. In 1968, he met his future wife, Connie Mascarenas. In 1970 they were married in the Mesa Arizona Temple for Time and all Eternity. They celebrated their 53rd year of marriage this September.
After college, they moved to Farmington, NM where Perry began working as a Police Officer for the City of Farmington. A few years later he advanced to the position of Detective and specialized in Crime Scene Investigations, Polygraph, and Forensic Hypnosis. He retired after 20 years of dedicated service. During this time, he was called to help solve crimes for various Police Agencies throughout New Mexico and Utah.
After retiring from the Police Department, he returned to college and obtained an X-Ray Technology and Nuclear Medicine Degree from Weber State University and then worked at San Juan Regional Medical Center. Later, Perry changed occupations and worked at Brewer Lee & Larkin Funeral Home and as the Manager of The Alternative Choice before he decided to permanently retire.
Perry was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved to learn and developed multiple talents such as talking to people around the world on his Ham Radio, camping, and photography. Perry’s greatest talent was showing love to others and helping them to smile and laugh. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Perry was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Gary Gooch and a granddaughter Kylie Christensen.
He is survived by his wife Connie, a son, Christopher Lynn Gooch, 2 daughters: Darby Diaz and Melissa Gooch, his brother, Neal Gooch (Terri), a sister, Kay Cox (Jeff), 5 grandchildren: Makayla Christensen, Hunter Christensen, Kierra Palmer (Tucker), James Diaz, Sofia Gooch, and 4 great grandchildren: Caleb Cacy, Amara Martinez, Emersyn Palmer, Pavin Palmer, as well as numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.
We express our gratitude to the nursing and medical staff at San Juan Regional Medical Center, Basin Home Health, Linda Mascarenas RN, Elizabeth Miller a Home Health Caregiver, and especially friends who have shared their happy memories of him and given support during this difficult time.
Funeral services will be held in April of 2024. He is in the care of Brewer Lee & Larkin Funeral Home.