Michael J. Godawa, 36

Michael James Godawa, age 36, born and raised in Grangeville to James and Kathy Godawa, went home to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 11, 2008, at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane as a result of a logging accident.

Mike was a loving husband to Michelle; a devoted father to Hayden, Ray, Kate, Joe and Ben; a wonderful son to Kathy, and an integral part to the whole Godawa family.

Mike loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working in it. He began logging at the age of 17 and although he loved the profession, his true passion was leading others into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Mike fulfilled the calling that the Lord put on his life while pastoring at Trinity Lutheran Church from 2002-2005 and continued working in that calling by loving and ministering to all those he came into contact with. Mike had a huge heart and was always giving to those serving the Lord. Hid generosity was lavished upon those in the mission field as well as those here at home.

Mike owned and operated Faith Hauling and Excavation from 2005-2008.

We were all blessed to have known Mike, and although our hearts ache, we know, without a doubt, that he is rejoicing in the presence of the Lord.

Mike is survived by his best friend and wife, Michelle; children Hayden, Ray, Kate, Joe and Ben; his mother, Kathy Godawa; a brother, Jeff Godawa; grandmother Marge Burkenbine, and loving family members and friends to numerous to list.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 15, at 11:30 a.m., at the Grangeville Christian Church. Burial will follow at Mount Idaho Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a trust fund for the family has been established at Centennial Evangelical Free Church in Grangeville.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville.

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