Jim, 76, known by friends as “Professor”, a humanist and historian – he was as adept at giving an impromptu lecture on government, western civilization or politics as imparting a Hoosier-ism, just ask his nurses.
He was hard-working, kind, generous, and a loyal friend. Jim valued public education, believed in the strength of the U.S. Constitution and the power of the VOTE.
His passions included Ball State, beagles, beer, books, Beethoven, collecting small boxes, boats; blue water, Beth, and bringing back old furniture to its original beauty. He was an educator and began his career at Marshall University, continuing at Portland Community (Treaty Oak), Universidad El Salvador, UAS Kuwait, and TCC.
He discovered fly-fishing while attending University of Oregon and found joy building his own McKenzie River boat.
Jim was born in Anderson, Indiana to Chloe Marie Watson and Herbert E. Goen. He is survived by his last wife, Beth Blake Davis; his bonus daughter, Angelique; and grandson, Kian, of Portland, OR; beloved brother, David, of Panama, C.A.; sister, Elaine Skinner (Bill) of Florida; numerous nieces and nephews. His favorite charities were Southern Poverty Law and ACLU.
“Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow…”