I would like to thank everyone for coming here today to celebrate and remember the life and legacy of my father, Samuel Goode. It is an honor to have the president, diplomats from various countries, multiple senators and congressmen—such distinguished people—in our presence. Even though Samuel Goode’s life was tragically cut short, everyone here knows that he will be remembered in our hearts for many years to come.
My father was born at the turn of the twenty-first century and got to grow up with the constantly changing technology of the time. This adaptability would serve him well later on in life. Throughout his school years, he was an excellent student. By the age of fifteen he had achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts of America. Heavily involved in scouts, he supported them for the remainder of his life. During his senior year in high school, he attended Eastfield College in Mesquite. The next year, he was accepted and attended the United States Naval Academy. There he majored in quantitative economics and minored in Chinese studies. In May of 2017, he received his commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy. He spent the next eight years of his life in the navy, reaching the rank of lieutenant commander. During this time he met my mother, and they dated for three years. My father liked to say my mother could not make her mind up on marriage. After three proposals and rejections, she finally said yes the fourth time he proposed to her. They