IN MEMORIAM: Laborers Local 773’s Griffin Patrick Goetz

Griffin Patrick Goetz, of Carterville, Ill., formerly of Springfield, passed away Aug. 14, 2022 at his home in Carterville. He was 42.

Griffin was born Feb. 9, 1980 in Springfield, Ill. to Mike & Sue (Creighton) Goetz. He grew up in the Catholic Church and attended high school at Sacred Heart Griffin Catholic High School. In 2001, Griffin graduated “cum laude” from SIUC with a degree in Administration of Justice and Political Science. Brother Goetz spent his entire career fighting for workers’ rights and fairness in the workplace. He was a 20-year member of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) where he previously served as Secretary-Treasurer of LiUNA Local 773 in Marion, Ill.

In his 20 years in the Labor Movement, Griffin served in various positions. In 2001, he was hired as a field supervisor for the Midwest Region Foundation For Fair Contracting where he was responsible for the enforcement of the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act. From 2002 to 2008, Brother Goetz served as assistant director of the LiUNA Midwest Region Organizing Committee, directing a staff of over 30 organizers in a 10-state region.

In 2008, Brother Goetz left LiUNA and went to work as institutional sales director for the Ullico Investment Company, where he operated as a registered representative and managed investments for hundreds of pension funds across the country. In 2016, he was given the opportunity to work as assistant administrator of the Illinois Laborers’ and Contractors Joint Apprenticeship and Training program, where he helped young men and women begin their careers in the construction trades.

Most recently, in January 2021, Brother Goetz was hired back at Ullico as director of government relations, working with elected officials across the country, at all levels of government, to spur economic growth and put pension fund dollars to work through commercial real estate loans and public private partnerships.

Brother Goetz was united in marriage to Gina Stevens in 2009. She survives him in Carterville with their four children, Mikka Slater, Dackery Slater, Creighton Goetz and Onna Goetz.

He is also survived by his parents, Mike and Sue Goetz of Springfield, Ill.; brother and sister-in-law, Kris and Jill Goetz of Lombard, Ill.; mother-in-law, Iris and Del Smith of Herrin, Ill.; father-in-law, Jim and Sue Stevens of Energy; two brothers-in-law, Jimmy Stevens of Royalton, Ill. and Cole Stevens of Herrin, Ill.; three sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Teresa and Shawn Whitecotton of Daphne, Ala.; Brandy and Mickey Belcher of Johnston City, Ill.; and Shari and Randy Miller of San Leandro, Calif.; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Brother Goetz was a board member of Working Families Friend, a nonprofit based in Kansas City, Mo., which works to help needy families that are facing tough economic challenges. He was also deeply passionate about helping others through their struggles with addiction and ensuring they have every opportunity to live a clean and healthy life.

Funeral services were held Aug. 23 at Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin. Memorial Donations may be made to Laborer’s Care TLC or to Connell Smith – Homer Brown Scholarship Fund, 5102 Ed Smith Way, Marion, IL 62959.

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