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1941 - 2013
CAPT. WILLIAM GOFF JR. U.S. Navy, Retired Capt. William G "Bill" Goff Jr., of Las Vegas, passed away at Nathan Adelson Hospice Dec. 24, 2013, due to complications from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Bill was born in 1941, in Somers Point, N.J., and was a long-time resident of Las Vegas, where he was involved in commercial real estate and private equity investment. Bill created several companies including, Anchor Development, Goff Properties and Goff Ventures. In an interview by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Bill explained the philosophy he lived by, "People First." He stated you have to be sensitive to people's needs, you have to be able to understand how you can help them and you need to make a conscious effort to do so. After graduating from Auburn University with a degree in aeronautical engineering, Bill served as a Navy fighter pilot in the Vietnam War aboard the USS Roosevelt. He joined Delta Airlines as a pilot in 1969, retiring after 32 years as an international check pilot on the MD-11. While flying for Delta, he maintained his status as a fighter pilot in the reserves and was commanding officer of a Navy "Top Gun" squadron at Miramar Naval Air Station, where he completed his 30-year U.S. Navy career. Bill was an active member of Daedalians, Rotary and Vegas Valley Angels. Bill and his wife, Karen, have been dedicated supporters of local animal rescue organizations and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Bill is survived by his wife, Karen Zick Goff; sister, Kathy Campbell; and niece, Kelly Shephard. No services are scheduled. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Animal Foundation of Las Vegas or Best Friends Animal Society.
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