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Come say goodbye to "Howdy, Mr. Goudy"

Submitted by jen.teemant on Tue, 05/02/2017 - 14:23
Angela Craig

Andrew Goudy, everyone’s favorite custodian, is retiring at the end of this school year. Santaquin Elementary School will forever miss the power of Mr. Goudy’s love for the teachers, staff, and students. The hallways will be a little forlorn without the calls of “Howdy, Mr. Goudy” chorusing from enthusiastic students. Mr. Goudy leaves behind a legacy of kindness, service, and friendship. At age 12, Andrew Goudy moved to Santaquin and has called it home ever since. His love for animals, especially horses, flourished during his youth. His first horse, Agnes, was the best horse around. At age 14, he had a paper route; all delivered while riding Agnes. As a teenager, Andrew began working as the sweeper of the Old Santaquin School, under the employment of Doyle Crook. After returning from his LDS mission, Andrew became the head custodian of the brand new Santaquin Elementary in 1983. Mr. Goudy opened the school and has happily remained there for 34 years. In November 1983, Andrew married Keela Bott, a fellow Santaquin Elementary employee. She taught in Nebo School District for 30 years. Together they have two children, Hayden Goudy and Hannah Goudy Tervort. Hayden is married to Jessica Warnick and resides in Idaho. Hannah is married to Steven Tervort and lives in Nephi. Andrew and Keela have three beautiful grandchildren, Brady and Riley Tervort, and Mesa Hope Goudy. Andrew’s pride and joy has always been his children and now is grandchildren. He truly is the world’s greatest father and grandpa! Andrew has loved his years spent as the custodian at Santaquin Elementary. The flexibility of the job has allowed him to be the best “cowboy custodian” around! He has been able to ride his horses to work and assist in the running of a large cattle farm while working at the school. Andrew’s favorite part of working at the school is the students! He has been a father figure, friend, and all around awesome guy to any student that needed a boost. Many times, he has dumpster dived to save thrown away retainers, climbed ladders to retrieve items off of the roof, and given a hug and squeeze to any student that wanted one. His genuine love for the students creates a feeling of joy and happiness within the walls of the school. Mr.Goudy is the heart of Santaquin Elementary. Please join us in an open house on May 17 as we say goodbye to “Howdy, Mr. Goudy!”