William Steven “Steve” Goodrum, 66, died on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 in Sedona, AZ. He died of natural causes while enjoying a bicycle ride and the beauty of the desert, which were some of the things he loved to do. Steve also enjoyed photography and road trips with his wife, Lillian “Marlene”, where they spent a lot of time outdoors.
Steve was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and reflected Jesus’ love and compassion for people in the way that Steve passionately used his God-given gifts and skills to build, repair, inspire, and teach others. Steve truly knew how to enjoy the sweet things of life; as evidenced by his lifelong affinity for a nightly cup of a scoop of ice cream while catching up on the news.
Steve was born on July 25, 1955 in Alamogordo, New Mexico, the son of William Arcenaux and Sylvia Myrleen Goodrum. He attended school in New Mexico and later high school in El Paso, Texas. Steve completed his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso and later a M.B.A. at the University of New Mexico. Steve began his career at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas and served many posts with the U.S. Department of Energy at Pantex, the Albuquerque site office, DOE Forrestal and Los Alamos National Laboratory. He retired from the U.S. Department of Energy in September 2019. After his retirement, Steve spent time riding his bicycle, pursuing photography and traveling with his wife and best friend of 46 years, Lillian “Marlene” Goodrum.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian “Marlene” Goodrum, and children. His daughter Stephanie Strother and her husband, Matthew Strother, and their sons Samuel and Elijah Strother. His son William Michael Goodrum and his wife, Jennifer B. Goodrum, and their daughter Aven Goodrum and son Teagan Goodrum. His daughter Jennifer S. Goodrum. He is also survived by his brother, Mark Goodrum and his wife, Jennifer L. Goodrum and their daughters Katie and Sabrina Goodrum and their son Ryan Goodrum.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Sylvia Goodrum, his sister Debra Blankinship, his aunt, Lanette McClain, and uncle, Howard McClain, and his cousin, Weldon McClain.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are preferred. Family and friends who would like to give monetary memorial gifts may do so by clicking the link of the following organizations: Christ for the City International , MCMINTL - Project Playground, Cal Farley's Boys Ranch