We Lose a Cabinet Maker Who Crafted Futures

By on May 15, 2017

David W. Goetz: 1958-2017

by Dr. John Gaal, director of training and workforce development, STL-KC Carpenters Regional Council

What does a teacher do when a student steals his sandwich and won’t ‘fess up?

Two of Dave Goetz’s McCluer High School students: Chris Minton, left, and Lyndell Owens at the May 12 memorial service.

If you were Dave Goetz, a St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program (STL-CJAP) instructor at Jennings High School, you would put your lunch box in exactly the same place on the floor next to your desk the following day, and the next, and the next.

Because, as Dave Goetz told Scott Byrne, a friend and Carpenters business agent, “I think that kid may need that sandwich a  lot more than me.”

Scott Byrne related the story last Friday (May 12) at a memorial service at Carpenters Hall. It was one of many stories told about David W. Goetz.

Dave served as a cabinetmaker apprenticeship decades ago. He eventually went on to working in many aspects of finish carpentry in and around the Greater St. Louis area. Nearly 10 years ago, Dave became the Safety Trainer for Local 1596.

In 2012, he was asked to undertake a project that would promote the advanced manufacturing aspects of the industry in the Ferguson-Florissant School District’s McCluer High School (This pilot project was partially funded by MoDED’s Pathways to Prosperity grant. St. Louis Community College is also a strategic partner delivering targeted state-of-the-art curriculum.).

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