Jeffrey Goff

February 11, 1962 ‒ June 07, 2021

Mansfield, Ohio

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not into thine own understandings. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct thy path.” Proverbs 3:5-6

You have faithfully followed your path and it has led you Home! Jeffrey Allan Goff entered his Heavenly Home on Monday, June 7, 2021 following a sudden illness.

Jeffrey Allan was born on February 11, 1962, in Mansfield to Gerald & Roberta (Watkins) Goff. From a young age Jeff loved learning and by age 5 he could recite the names, birthdates and terms of each US President. This began his lifelong love of politics and history.

He enjoyed sports but soon found writing about them was his real talent. In junior high, Jeff began writing for the Knox County Citizen covering sports and he was given the nickname, “Scoop.” During high school, the Mount Vernon News hired him to cover sports for Fredericktown as a staff writer. His affinity for sports continued into adulthood, and Jeff was an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians, Browns, OSU Buckeyes, and his favorite sport was baseball.

Also during high school, Jeff discovered his gift and passion for music and singing. He sang in a number of ensembles and high school musicals including the lead in Once Upon a Mattress. He taught himself to play guitar and was excited to see this love continue in his youngest daughter Sarah, and he was her biggest fan.

Jeff graduated from Fredericktown High School in 1980. He went on to earn his bachelors in education from The Ohio State University and began his teaching career at Madison. Jeff was a fourth-fifth-and-sixth grade teacher in Mansfield City Schools for 30 years. He taught his students to appreciate social studies and science and was recently overseeing the computer lab at Malabar. He was involved in coaching, teaching committees, and acting as athletic director; he was loved by students and faculty alike.

He married Susan Mauritz on August 3, 1984 after proposing to her at the Clear Fork Reservoir; they were joined by three children. Known as “Pap,” he loved watching them grow into kind, caring adults with a strong work ethic and a deep faith in Christ as well. He was a wonderful dad who was very involved in his kids’ lives. Jeff and his wife were active with several local congregations, and most recently attended Mosaic Church.

Jeff had a great love of genealogy and spent countless hours researching his ancestors. His family tree contains 81,001 names but the ones most important were his descendants. The proudest names on his tree are his Buckeye grandchildren, Grayson & Scarlett. Mentioning their names brought a broad smile to his face and he beamed with joy talking about them.

Jeff is survived by his wife of 36 years, Susan Goff of Mansfield; children Stephanie (Nick) Blanchard of Mt. Vernon, Jeremy (Elizabeth) Goff of Columbia City, IN, and Sarah Goff of Mansfield; grandchildren Grayson Blanchard and Scarlett Goff; mother Bobbi Goff Pigman of Fredericktown; father-in-law Daniel Mauritz of Mansfield; sisters Kelly (Chris) Castle and Theresa (James) Sims all of Bellville; niece Kaybria Sims; nephews Logan and Deacon Sims, Mickey (Sabrina) and Dr. Danny (Dr. Cheryl) Lodwick; along with numerous great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, extended family members, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Goff; step-father, Wayne Pigman; mother-in-law Betty Mauritz; sister-in-law Kathy Lodwick; and infant brother Robert Goff.

His family will receive friends 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Friday, June 18, 2021, at Snyder Funeral Homes, 2553 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield, calling hours will continue there from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday. A funeral service honoring his life will begin at 1:00 PM Saturday, June 19, 2021, officiated by Pastors Jeremy Goff (his son) and Tony Pingitore.

Contributions in Jeff’s memory may be made to Mansfield City Schools and brought to his services or sent to them at 856 W. Cook Road, Mansfield, OH 44907.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Lexington Avenue Chapel is honored to serve his family. Watch Jeff’s tribute video and share a message with the family at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Please accept my sympathies to Susie and their brilliant children. I am especially sad that I will not be able to attend calling hours or services as I have reservations (hope to surprise Crystal) in New York.

    My prayers are with you and my love and blessings will be with you as well.
    Love always, Cheryl

  • Our sincere condolences to Jeff’s family and friends. We had the pleasure of teaching with Jeff at Malabar. He will be greatly missed!
    Sandy Overholt & Don Snyder

  • We were shocked when we heard of Jeff’s sudden passing. Our lives truly are like a vapor that appears for a short time and then vanishes away. A few years ago Jeff stopped by our home and dropped off a cd of Sarah singing and playing. It was such a surprise but truly a blessing to us. He wanted everyone to be blessed by her talent. Our hearts go out to you Sue and family. We hold you in our prayers. May the God of all comfort be your strength and peace. Love to you all.

  • Kelly & Family:
    All of you are in my thoughts and prayers as you try to figure out the new “normal”. Hope you find comfort and peace in the days ahead.

    Amy Perry Coder

  • My deepest condolences to Jeff’s family. I had the great pleasure of working with Jeff at Malabar. He will be greatly missed!

  • I remember high school choir and Jeff, Maureen and I would hang out. I remember thinking how smart he was and he was funny. He loved to laugh. I knew he would be very involved in many things. Thinking of all of you during these days .

  • Jeff was a passionate man that knew and took advantage of every moment. He would often sit at the crossroads of the hall and greet staff and students with a smile and sincere “How are you? and Have a great day!” He took the time to listen and respond. May we each seize the day and invest time in each other. Thank you, Jeff for sharing your love for Jesus and music with us.

  • You are in my thoughts and prayers. Jeff will certainly be missed at Malabar! Such a shock…I just saw him in the hall last week… You have my deepest sympathy.
    Sincerely,
    Susan Bemiller

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Such a kind man. He will be missed at Malabar. Many prayers for you and your family.

  • Jeff was a good man, a true friend, a fellow educator who had the at heart, and a great baseball fan. I will miss our talks and kids, people, and Baseball. He loved his kids, his grandkids, and Sue. He was a good Man.

  • Prayers! I am so sorry for your loss. He was always saying hi and making a joke when I would get to speak with him at Malabar. He will be missed

  • I am very sorry to hear about Jeff’s passing. I worked with him for a short time at Malabar several years ago. He was a great teacher and a nice guy. You are all in my prayers.

  • My deepest sympathies for your loss. I had the pleasure of teaching with Jeff at Malabar. We shared a love of singing. He will be missed! May God comfort you through the days ahead.

  • Sue & family,
    Oh my! Ian so sorry for your loss. I rennet Jeff fondly from high school and later meeting Sue. He was truly a remarkable man with an amazing family. Hugs 💜
    Vickie Oswalt

  • So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Walt and Robin Farlee.

  • My deepest sympathy to all of the family. Jeff had a great voice. I remember accompanying him for solos at FHS. Deanna ShiraTackett

  • Just heard of Jeff’s passing today. Sue, I am so sorry for this time when we say our temporary goodbyes. I still remember him as a teenager so time has escaped us all. My heart and prayers are with you, your children, and grandchildren. He left behind a wonderful legacy❤️

  • So sorry for your loss Bobbie and the rest of the family my prayers and sympathy go out to your whole family. God Bless Karen Mortimer

  • So very sorry for your loss. I remember Jeff from high school with great fondness, he was so kind and always had a word of encouragement. Praying for peace and comfort for those left behind missing him so very much.
    Edie Spencer Bates

  • So sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. I remember Jeff being a kind soul, even to us underclassmen, throughout high school. He was a good sports writer and we all enjoyed reading his summaries of sporting events. May God comfort his family.

  • Deepest condolences to Jeff’s family! We went to school together! Prayers for peace at this difficult time!

  • Remember Jeff from high school. His love for music was wonderful. So sorry to hear about his passing. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • We are so sorry to hear about Jeff‘s passing. He was a good friend to both Doug and me in high school and we enjoyed many great times together. Doug has many fond memories of being Barnabas to Jeff’s Cornelius in the production of Hello Dolly and of course I was on the piano and worked with him on his solos. What fun we had, such innocence together. Much love and many hugs to the family and friends he has left behind.

    • Thanks Doug and Kathy
      Jeff mentioned you guys throughout the years You were good friends

  • Sincere condolences. He will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers are with you. May the Lord grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. Jeff was such a good friend. Having I taught with him since 2003, he never failed to make me laugh. I will miss him and his antics!

  • Dear Sarah and family, so sorry to hear of the loss of your father, was so happy to hear of your Idol win, just felt so bad he couldn’t be with you in person but I’m sure he was still with you in spirit & so proud of you. You are in our thoughts & our prayers . The loss hurts but as Christians we know we all will see our loved ones & be with our LORD & saviour soon. GOD bless all of you & may your memories give you peace & comfort. Sincerely the Spaydes, Greg & Susan 💜🙏

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Jeff at Malabar and knew him to be a kind and caring individual to all of our staff and students. Keeping you all in my prayers.

  • What a shock! I worked with Jeff at Malabar and knew him to be a wonderful person! My greatest condolences to the entire Goff family! My prayers are with you! He will be truly missed!

  • I was shocked to hear of Jeff’s passing. I worked with him at Malabar, and he was always so kind and caring to the students. My deepest condolences to you all. He will be missed.

  • Dear Susan and family,
    My heart aches with yours in the loss of your husband and dad. 1Thessalonians 4:13 reminds us that
    “ we grieve, but not as those who have no hope.”
    I remember doing a dental presentation in his classroom many years back and saw how he loved his students.
    May the prayers of many and the constant love of our Heavenly Father surround you with comfort and peace.
    In His tenacious grip, Linda “Flossie”Mills

  • I can’t believe it. I just got the news and I had him last year in 6th grade and he was nice I cannot believe it. He will be missed by all of the teachers and students at malabar. Rest In Peace mr. Goff.

  • Hey I’m one of his students and I wanna say he carried 6th grade for me I don’t think I would of made it through 6th grade without him everyday I was looking forward to go in his classroom because I knew we were doing something fun and I was stunned when I heard the news pray for his family 👍🏼👍🏼🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Justin had him as a teacher is very saddened by his passing. Justin said Mr. Goff carried him through sixth grade, we appreciate that. He will be missed.

  • Hello, I’m Jye and I was one of Mr. Goff’s students. I just wanted to say that he really helped my get through sixth grade. I was always super excited for his class and he made school worth going to. Mr. Goff is one of the reasons why Social Studies is my favorite subject to this day. I’ll be praying for his family and friends.

  • Dang wow I had to him last year since I went to malabsorption he was a awesome teacher and the work we did in there was fun and not boring I’m at a loss for words my condolences to his family and friends. -Jordan A Chatman jr

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you, Sue. I’m so sorry for such great loss that you have experienced!

  • Jeff and I met at Malabar when it was a middle school. It was the year that Simpson and Appleseed were first combined. We were each other’s support and helped each other laugh our way through that rough year. He was a wonderful person with a big heart. I just spoke with him on the last day of school in the parking lot. We wished each other a great summer. I am so saddened. He will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences and prayers to his family. May God comfort you during this most difficult time.

  • Dear Kelly,
    We are so sorry for your loss. It is very difficult saying goodbye to a loved one.
    But, you will see Jeff again someday. That will be a great reunion. I remember Jeff as a teenager. He was a great brother. Please accept our sincere condolences. Perhaps Jeff is play baseball or talking to one of his baseball hero’s who was a Christian. We love you dear Kelly.

  • To The Goff Family,

    I Tezra Day, would like to express my condolences. I am a substitute teacher, and I just found out that Jeff Goff had passed away. I had been out of town. I was shocked and sadden to hear of his passing. I had just seen him at Malabar a few weeks ago.

    I always thought he was a kind person. He seemed to have had a good sense of humor at times too. I remembered a time he had worn a ponytail in the middle of his head. It was some special occasion. I was curious how he was able to have a ponytail in the middle of his head. He no longer had any hair in the middle of his head, because father time had taken his hair. I was curious, but I thought I heard in the hallway he had used some typed of glue. I remember seeing him at times during lunch as well, when we all would sit around the lunch table. He would share his knowledge of science.

    RIP Mr. Goff. You will be missed.