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“He bandaged my bleeding foot in the Island Food Store in Port A., summer of '69. He picked me up in a bear hug at the Village Inn one night and...Read More »
1 of 42 | Posted by: Barbara Marullo - Dallas, TX

“Texas will never be the same!Grizz,we go way back to the Village Inn,life was a hoot and so were you!Guess God is in need of an all around fun and...Read More »
2 of 42 | Posted by: Barbara Stiff - Bulverde, TX

“It occurred to me the other day that I've known Johnny for well over half my life. From Mother Earth to The Bucket to La Playa to Juan Gringo's &...Read More »
3 of 42 | Posted by: Billy Schott - Castroville, TX

“Dear Shirl My deepest sympathy for the loss of johnny will always remember him for his"Bigness" With Warmest Regards Robert Gutierrez ”
4 of 42 | Posted by: Robert Gutierrez - Dallas, TX

“Johnny will be missed. There will never be another one like him. Although I have not seen Johnny over the last few years, with old friends, time...Read More »
5 of 42 | Posted by: Frank Delph - San Antonio, TX

“I offer my deepest sympathies to John's friends and family. I have fond memories of working at Playa Santa Maria for John and listening to many...Read More »
6 of 42 | Posted by: Pete Valenzuela - The Woodlands, TX

“Ilove you and will send a contribution to the Animal Defense League.I'm sorry to miss your service, but you are in my prayers always Johnny Goode....Read More »
7 of 42 | Posted by: Tracy A.Lomax - San Marcos, TX

“John was larger than orginal in every sense of the word. He played a significant role in my life for the last twenty plus years. I met...Read More »
8 of 42 | Posted by: Jody Cahoon-Wright - San Antonio, TX

“Uncle Grizz. You'll be missed and never forgotten. R.I.P. JB ”
9 of 42 | Posted by: Junebug Coffman - Victoria, TX

“My Dear Friend, I have only had the pleasure of knowing you for a little over 3 years, but a remarkable 3 years it has been. I enjoyed your...Read More »
10 of 42 | Posted by: Donna Stephenson - san Antonio, TX

“I have known Johnny for a long time and I will always remember his sense of humor and his caring of family and friends. He really was "one of a kind...Read More »
11 of 42 | Posted by: Susan Reeves Pierce - Austin, TX

“Our deepest condolences to Johnny's family. We knew him for many years and as everyone knows he was always the life of the party. In the darkest of...Read More »
12 of 42 | Posted by: Lisa and Morrie Cukier - TX

“Johnny will be missed by many. I knew him since my Sr. yr. at A.H.H.S. My sincerest condolences. ”
13 of 42 | Posted by: Richard Moye - San Antonio, TX

“Johnnie. I am so sad. so sad. god bless your heart. IT is true, anyone, ANYONE, who ever knew you will never ever ever forget you. I am so sorry I...Read More »
14 of 42 | Posted by: Mayfair Coover - Houston, TX

“Memories of Johnny will always warm our hearts...Even now he brings a smile...My thoughts and prayers are with all of you close to him...Sincerely, ...Read More »
15 of 42 | Posted by: Mrs.Eric L. Adsit Jean Castleberry

“A good friend , partner in lalave & shared conversation & and a drink or two.God Bless John Goode !! ”
16 of 42 | Posted by: J Pat O'Connell - San Antonio, TX

“Your company and friendship will surely be missed by all who knew you. Thanks for your wonderful sense of humor. Cebe-o ”
17 of 42 | Posted by: Cebe Musgrave - San Antonio, TX

18 of 42 | Posted by: GINO EARLEY - Austin, TX

“I was an art student at The University of Texas when Johnny was there. He always cut all of my supplies for design classes because I was afraid of...Read More »
19 of 42 | Posted by: Jo Cook Schorp - Houston, TX

“Johnny was a good and gentle soul who loved life and lived it to its fullest. ”
20 of 42 | Posted by: Mary Barbara and Jim Scott - TX

“Johnny, I know you're sitting on a beach somewhere... big straw hat on and a maragrita spilling on someone Probably laughing at some joke that you...Read More »
21 of 42 | Posted by: Odie Waters - Leon Springs, TX

22 of 42 | Posted by: W. PATRICK TOOKE - SAN ANTONIO, TX

“Johnny impacted so many lives. He will live on in our memories and few will forget him. May he rest in peace. ”
23 of 42 | Posted by: Bob Kinnan - Kingsville, TX

“I grew up in Alamo Heights just a couple of years behind Johnny. I knew him from a pretty young age but had not seen him for a few years. We were...Read More »
24 of 42 | Posted by: James Craig Embrey - San Antonio, TX

“None of us that went to Alamo Heights with Johnny will ever forget him. He's a part of the past for all of us. I am sorry that I was unable to be...Read More »
25 of 42 | Posted by: Margaret Moore Ancira - AZ

“I am going to miss "Johnnie B. Goode" as I called him. I am going to miss his laughs, a real belly laugh for sure. He was like sunshine walking into...Read More »
26 of 42 | Posted by: Marty Phelan - Alamo Heights, TX

“You always made me laugh with the late night cartwheels accross the dance floor at Juan Gringos....i will miss you bro. ”
27 of 42 | Posted by: Chris Holzhaus - Corpus Christi, TX

“I am very saddened to learn of Johnny Goode's death. Our world is a plainer place now. What a smiling bear friend and fun lover he was! My college...Read More »
28 of 42 | Posted by: Paul Teten - Houston, TX

“I met Johnny Goode 30 some years ago in a bar in San Miguel de Allende.We partied for about a week and I haven,t spoken to him since,but I remember...Read More »
29 of 42 | Posted by: paul nelson - houston, TX

“Uncle grizz, was like an uncle to me he will be missed greatly in our family. I will always remmber my dad talking about him and all of his fun times...Read More »
30 of 42 | Posted by: mary rose coffman - Victoria, TX

“He enriched our lives beyond description and will forever remain in our hearts. He was our friend and we loved him. ”
31 of 42 | Posted by: Carol & Rod Black - San Antonio, TX

“May god be with the family of John Goode at this time of need. ”
32 of 42 | Posted by: LeaAnn Johnson - Austin,, TX

“You Always Made Me Smile! ”
33 of 42 | Posted by: Pam Irwin England - Austin, TX

“We lose too far many good ones far too early in life, and "Griz" was one of the best. Shirl, I, and many, many others, grieve with you. I will...Read More »
34 of 42 | Posted by: Gordon Johnson - Dallas, TX

“I first met Johnny in the early seventies in Austin. We were both "Bouncers" at a popular nightclub by the name of "Mother Earth." Even way back then...Read More »
35 of 42 | Posted by: Earl C. Rabke, Jr. - San Antonio, TX

“He was the best of friends in all things and treated all of us as a brother. His smile and love of life will remain with me until........ Alamo...Read More »
36 of 42 | Posted by: Keith Boehme - Lakeway, TX

“"Death is a comingling of time with eternity, in the death of a good man eternity is seen looking through time!" Goethe ”
37 of 42 | Posted by: john carter mayfield III - TX

“From elementary school thru high school, Johnny was always a year ahead of me, though he never looked down at me. Although it has been 25+ years...Read More »
38 of 42 | Posted by: Glen Ririe - San Antonio, TX

“From 1980 at La llave to present, for me you remained a lovable,eccentric maverick, a kindred spirit and definitely the best damm jeaporady player...Read More »
39 of 42 | Posted by: Jessica Jewett - TX

40 of 42 | Posted by: RICHARD GARISON - SAN ANTONIO, TX

“Shirl, I am so sorry for your lost. Johnny was one of kind. My prayers are with you during this difficult time. Cristina ”
41 of 42 | Posted by: Cristina Carr-Henney - TX

“While I am sadden by Johnny's passing, I am profoundly happy to have known him and share some of his incredible appetite for fun. I am sure there...Read More »
42 of 42 | Posted by: mike van meter - san antonio, TX

John Grizzly Goode, whose adventures will remain legendary for all who knew him, died Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at the age of 53.
There was only one Johnny Goode, and we may rest assured there will never be another like him. His wild and wide-ranging journey encompassed such passions as restaurant and nightclub pioneer, talented artist and writer and state judo champion. As his nickname implied, he was a bear of a man who loved huge dogs, beautiful women and little kittens with an all-encompassing fervor.
Born September 9, 1949, in San Antonio to John William Goode Jr. and Janet Irwin Goode, Johnny lived his entire life as an adventure. He backpacked throughout Europe, studied art in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he became fluent in the Spanish Language, graduated from Alamo Heights High School and earned his degree in fine arts at the University of Texas where he was a Legendary member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.
His innovations in the bar and grill business included The Bucket in Austin and The Quarter House, The Village Inn, Playa Santa Maria, and Juan Gringo's in San Antonio. A skilled artists and graphic designer, he carried his knack for special visual effects and design into his bar and restaurant ventures. In addition to his clubs, he employed this talent in his restaurant consulting business "The Restaurant Doc".
Johnny was a state heavy weight judo champion who defeated Randall Tex Cobb in martial arts competition. Cobb later lost a title-boxing match to former world heavy weight champion Larry Holmes.
Johnny Goode III was preceded in death by his parents and by a brother George Irwin Goode.
He is survived by his loving companion Shirl Young; David and Elenore Goode Brune of Dallas; four legged children, Toro, Boris, Oso and Annie, a horde of housecats, and countless friends from Canada to Mexico. An endless stream of amazing and incredible tales of "the gentle giant" will be likely be shared at the
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Instead of flowers, friends are asked to make cash contributions to the University of Texas Organ Transplant Center, 7703 Floyd Curl Dr., San Antonio, Texas 78229 and the Animal Defense League, 11300 Nacogdoches, San Antonio, Texas 78217.
Pallbearers include Steve Coffman Jim Alexander, Bob Carter, Tom Gouger, J.B. Gouger, Rod Black, Larry Swayze, Fred Myers, Bill West and Sam Kindrick.