John Goodie has been an Arizona East Valley resident for 27 years. Known by many as Big John with his trade mark Texas 10 gallon cowboy hat. He spearheaded that long nasty campaign drive towards that controversial Mesa MLK holiday which finally past in November 1996. He’s known for leading the Phoenix MLK marches with his bull horn with Dr Warren Stewart and “Victory Together” before the states MLK holiday. For his efforts he was the recipient of the Spirit of Unity award from the City of Mesa in 1997. On a national level John was the recipients of the National Education Association prestigious Human and Civil Rights award presented in 1998 in New Orleans La. He received the MLK Living the Dream Award presented by the City of Phoenix in 2000. On February 14th 2012 John was named as one of the Southeast Valley 10 leaders accompanied with Chandler’s founder Dr. A.J. Chandler 1910’s, U.S. Sen. Carl Hayden 1930’, Grady Gammage Sr. ASU President 1950’s and James Elmore ASU architecture Dean who created the Rio Salado project 1960’s s all who’ve made indelible marks on the region during the state of Arizona Centennial 100 years of Statehood 1912-2012 by the Arizona Republic Newspaper as the decade leaders. John was recognized for the 1990’s for his efforts towards the Mesa MLK holiday passage and current commitment towards civil rights and equality. His greatest personal honor was bestowed in 2013 selected as one of Arizona’s 76 Democratic Delegates who attended and cast a vote for President Barack Obama at the DNC convention in Charlotte N.C.
He’s a member of several boards and committees. The Mesa MLK Committee, MLK Basketball Classic Committee, He served on the City of Mesa’s first inaugural Human Relations Advisory Board. John serves on the Mesa’s Police Chief Diversity Board. He also serves on the Mesa Alston House Committees. The house was the home of Mesa’s first black doctor. It now serves as the home of the Mesa MLK committee. Last year the Alston House was added to the National Historic Register.
John’s from Houston Texas and arrived in Mesa Arizona in 1986 as an Engineer for the Boeing Company. John is currently employed as a City of Mesa Park Ranger Officer approaching his 19th year. He’s an assistant football coach at Mesa High School approaching his 20th years. He’s a Community Columnist for the Az Republic newspaper and also a Guest Commentary columnist for the Tribune Newspaper. John’s an Alumni of Langston University, Oklahoma Class of 1975. He was drafted in 1975 by the Baltimore Colts football team and also had a short stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers. John married to his wife Micki and they reside in Gilbert AZ. He’s a member and usher at St.Anne’s Catholic Church in Gilbert. He loves coaching football, weight lifting, riding horses and still enjoys reading the hard copy newspapers on weekends accompanied with a fresh pot of vanilla or hazelnut gourmet flavored coffee in the mornings,” Priceless”.