Daniel “Dan” Martin Goddard

July 29, 1955 - April 11, 2024

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Daniel “Dan” Martin Goddard, 68, passed away Thursday, April 11th in Palm Coast, FL.

Dan, one of 6 brothers, was born in Arlington, VA to Helen and Thurman “Buddy” Goddard on July 29, 1955. He grew up in Cocoa, FL, attended Cocoa High School, lived in Merritt Island, FL and retired in Palm Coast, FL.

In 1974 Dan entered the U.S. Army and served for 7 years. He also married his high school sweetheart Janet (MacIntyre) in 1974. The two celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this February.

Dan was a dedicated family man. He was always there for his daughter, Brenda, and even though he was busy with work he never let it stop him from attending all of her events. Dan was most proud of his granddaughter, Delaney. She brought him great joy and he spoiled her to no end!

Professionally, Dan had a very successful career in the boat-building industry. In 1981 he began working in the engine station at Sea Ray Boats, Inc. in Merritt Island, FL. He rose up through several departments, from line-worker to the Vice President and General Manager, helping the company become one of the largest manufacturers in North America during its prime. In 2003 he took over as Vice President and General Manager of the Palm Coast facility where he worked until retiring in 2015. He was a leader, mentor, and friend to all of his employees and took great pride in his Sea Ray family.

His hobbies included taking his ‘32 Ford coupe to car shows as part of the Bad Ass Car Club and Florida Dream Cruisers, rooting for the Florida State Seminoles, and of course spending time with family.

Dan is preceded in death by his parents and brothers Steve, John, and Larry. He is survived by his wife Janet Goddard, daughter Brenda Sullivan (Andrew Sullivan), granddaughter Delaney Sullivan, and his brothers Mark and Jim. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the American Cancer Society in his honor.


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