The Barbershop Chorus in heaven has a new bass singer. Jake Goodlaxon peacefully entered God’s kingdom on October 14, 2016.
Jake was born March 7, 1920, the ninth of ten children of William and Charlotte Goodlaxon in Outlook, Montana. He is the last surviving Goodlaxon.
Upon graduation from Outlook High School in 1937, he attended Minot State Teacher’s College for three years. He was proud to enlist in the United States Marine Corps and served from 1940-1944. He also served in the United States Navy from 1950-1953.
He married LeVerne Goodlaxon July 2, 1949 in Walla Walla, Washington. He began his career as an insurance adjuster and was such for 35 years. His career took him and his family on several company transfers, residing in Washington, Montana, Utah, California, and settling in Billings in 1969.
Jake had a love for music his entire life. He played many musical instruments – playing them all by ear as he did not read music. He was a genuine Barbershop singer for 30 years.
In his retirement years, he enjoyed traveling and visiting family, hobby gambling and people watching, and being a part of his grand kids activities.
LeVerne, his wife of 50 years, passed away in 1999.
He leaves behind to cherish his memories his daughters Judy Waterman and Jeri (Steve) Anton; grandchildren David (Brittiany) Anton, Brian Anton, Wyatt Waterman, and Kimberly Anton; great-grandchildren Alyssa, Dane, and Steven; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
A celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Private family interment with military honors at Sunset Memorial Gardens will precede the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association.