Devoted husband, father and grandfather, Phillip Goldsmith, 71, of Turlock, passed away Saturday afternoon at his home. “Lynn”, as he was most affectionately known, was born in Dumas, Texas to David and Eugie Goldsmith. The family moved to California when he was 2 years old, and set roots in Turlock. Lynn attended Turlock schools, graduating from Turlock High School in 1962. Directly after high school Lynn joined the U.S. Navy, a defining choice which culminated in a distinguished 30-year Naval career. He immensely enjoyed the travel his career afforded him, and during his service he was deployed to the likes of Vietnam, The Philippines, Japan, Australia, Kenya, Italy and many other European countries. He returned to Turlock to marry his high school sweetheart, Christy Cook, in 1969. Together they continued to travel, following his Navy career to stations at Whidbey Island, Washington and Lemoore NAS in California. He retired from active service in 1991 as Master Chief Petty Officer, AVCM. He greatly enjoyed playing golf, salmon fishing in the Puget Sound, camping with his family, deer hunting with his brothers and friends, and taking in the casinos in Tahoe and Reno with the love of his life, Christy.
Lynn was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: David Eugene and Oliver Franklin Goldsmith. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Christy Goldsmith; two children: David Goldsmith of Hanford and Melissa (Jason) De Bruin of Turlock; two grandchildren: Hunter De Bruin and Mason De Bruin; and two siblings: Ed Goldsmith and Sue Luz. He was an extraordinarily devoted family man who also found lifelong pride in serving his country in the United States Navy.
A Memorial Service will be held at Allen Mortuary on Saturday, December 12th at 3 pm. Private Interment will be at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, CA. Memorial gifts are suggested for the Wounded Warrior Project. Please leave memories and condolences at www.allenmortuary.com.