Craig Stone Goodrich, 62, of Bountiful, passed away in his sleep on December 17, 2023. He was born in Salt Lake City to Bruce Merrill and Fay Jean Stone Goodrich on July 18, 1961. He was the fourth of seven sons. He attended Olympus High School, graduating in 1979 with an emphasis on electronics. He received a scholarship to Denver Technical Institute but opted to stay in Salt Lake and care for his family.
Craig married Laurie Astin on February 14, 1979. They lived in the Millcreek and Holladay area until moving to Bountiful in 2021. They have four daughters, Tiffany (Anthony) Wick, Kira Broderick, Candice Goodrich and Megan (Mike) Hall; as well as seven grandchildren, Jocelyn, Asher, Audrey, Abby, Maddox, Olivia and Rowan; and four step-grandchildren, Declan, Aidan, Brennan and Mac.
Craig and Laurie enjoyed traveling and had many memorable experiences. Craig also enjoyed woodworking and built many projects.
He was always thinking of ways to earn money. Early on, he worked for ZCMI (now Macy’s) and was an excellent salesman in the men’s department. In summers, he did lawn care, power raking and mowing. He helped brothers in construction and installed closet organizers.
As an entrepreneur, he started his own closet organizing company and soon realized that the people in homes he went into would also need carpeting. He came home one day in 1995 having rented a small retail space. He said to Laurie, “We are opening a carpet store!” He started selling remnants and began establishing accounts with several carpet mills and local distributors. He grew the business over the years, with Laurie joining him. He also employed his mother and all of his daughters at some time. Candice, Megan and Laurie are still an integral part of the business, Goodrich Floor Coverings, Inc. (GFC). With his innate negotiating skills and personality, he purchased a commercial space on 900 East, and now on 4500 South. His dream of having a showroom and a warehouse came to fruition when the warehouse was completed in 2019. GFC will celebrate 30 years in 2025.
Craig had a generous and caring soul and helped many people over the years. He always thought of others above himself. Though he suffered with constant pain, many never knew it. He had Fibromyalgia for 20 years, and for at least half of those years, no one in his family or business knew. The last few years, he also had heart bypass surgery as well as two back surgeries.
Craig is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and father. He was preceded in death by his mother, Fay Jean; and younger brother, Kelly.
Craig had previously expressed that he did not want a formal funeral when he passed away. His family hopes that all who knew Craig will come and share experiences and memories of him at the Celebration of his Life on Friday, December 29, 2023 from 3 to 7 p.m. at GFC, 838 East 4500 South, Millcreek, UT 84107. Come see his dream showroom and warehouse and enjoy refreshments.
Arrangement entrusted to Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary.