SEASIDE, Oregon - Jason Goodding, the Seaside Police officer who was shot and killed last weekend while serving a warrant, will be remembered at his funeral this Friday, Feb. 12.
Godding was shot during a warrant arrest and died Saturday morning at Seaside Providence Hospital after an scuffle with a man outside the Pig 'N Pancake in downtown on Broadway Friday night.
Goodding, a 13-year veteran of the department, was a husband, and a father to two young girls. He graduated from Sherwood High School and Portland State University and received a Bachelors of Science and Psychology.
"He loved his family. He loved his wife. He loved his kids unconditionally -- just an all around great guy --someone that everyone would want him to be their friend," Brian Taylor, one of Goodding's close friends, said.
"His spirit is always with us," Father Nick Nilema told The Daily Astorian.
He said Goodding's death is "a big, big loss for our community." The officer had a passion for what he was doing, and "he was so willing to ask for help" when he needed advice or support to better serve Seaside, Nilema said.
Hundreds gathered to remember Goodding Sunday night at Broadway Field, about a mile from the site where Goodding was killed.
Goodding's memorial service will be held starting at 1 p.m. at the Seaside Convention Center on First Avenue. The public is invited to attend.