Photo Courtesy of Jeri Wormington
Bill Lessenden, Kerry Wells, ?, Dick Carasco, Pat Goodbla
The Canterburys
Kelso/Longview, Washington
1966 - 1967


Dick Carasco ~ Drums
Dave Dismore ~ Guitar
Jerry Erickson ~ Guitar
Pat Goodbla ~ Bass
Bill (Willet) Lessenden ~ Guitar
Jim McClinton ~ Bass
Kerry Wells ~ Vocals
Dick West ~ Drums

In Memory of

Pat Goodbla
b:  30 May 1948  d:  2 Mar 2013

Patrick R. Goodbla 

Patrick Russell Goodbla, 63, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, March 2, 2012, at the Hospice Care Center.

Patrick was born May 30, 1948, in Kelso. He was the eldest of three siblings born to Lenore and Clinton Goodbla. Patrick graduated from Mark Morris High School in 1966.

Patrick is survived by his mother, Lenore Goodbla; his companion and true love, Cheryl Lewis of Clackamas, Ore.; three children, Amelia Nesbit and her husband, Kjell, of Vancouver, Ian Goodbla of Kelso and Emma Ranson of Longview; two grandchildren, Keith and Ronan; three siblings, Norman Goodbla of Chehalis, Shirley Keilman and husband, Greg, of Vancouver and Elizabeth Smith and husband, Eric, of Seattle; several nieces and nephews; and countless friends and loved ones.

His father preceded him in death.

One of Patrick’s greatest passions in life was music. He loved performing and sharing his gift with the world, particularly with the western swing band, Longhorn. When Patrick was on the stage, his enthusiasm was infectious and his love for the music palpable. It is often said that if you handed him any instrument and showed him how to play a scale, he would be able to play that instrument in no time at all, and that couldn’t have been more true. His craft was mastered beautifully and even when he was no longer able to play or sing, the way he talked about and listened to music had everyone around him tapping their feet and living it with him.

A memorial service in Patrick’s honor is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at Valley Christian Fellowship in Longview. A potluck reception and jam session will follow. All are welcome to come celebrate the tremendous life Patrick lived.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be made to the Community Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 2067, Longview, WA 98632.

Arrangements are by Cascade Northwest Funeral Chapel at Green Hills Memorial Gardens & Crematory.

Pat passed away March 2nd.  He had continued to play in the northwest. Most recently he had been a member of Moonshine Country and a western swing group Longhorn.  He was a member of The Western Swing Society.  He was a great musician and vocalist.  He played bass, guitar and steel guitar.

Jeri Wormington, March 2012

Initially the Canterburys were Kerry Wells lead vocal, Jim McClinton Fender bass, Dick Carasco drums, Bill (Willet) Lussenden guitar and Jerry Erickson guitar. Then we lost Jim to the Coast Guard and Pat Goodbla came in on bass. Afterwards Jerry exited and Dave Dismore played guitar, if memory serves and believe me it seems to be serving less and less.

Bill (Willet) Lussenden (From PNW Bands FaceBook post), March 2012

I  played in the Crystal Lion with Willet Lussenden

Mike Poe (From PNW Bands FaceBook post), March 2012

I loved seeing the photo, it's all I have left of those days, but, it was taken just after I left for the Coast Guard.

After Vietnam, I made  a 22-year career of the Coast Guard, then 20 more years in county government (South Carolina).

I played bass for awhile, then moved on to the bagpipes and other instruments.

Thanks again for the post, and the credits!

Dr. Jim McClinton, PhD

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Last Update:  17 June 2013
Credits:  Jeri Wormington, Bill (Willet) Lessenden, Mike Poe, Dr. Jim McClinton
Band # 2979