Former Wheat Ridge council member dies

Hugh Johnson
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Enos Stephen Gokey Jr. passed away at age 65 on Feb. 27, 2013.

Gokey was born on Sept. 6, 1947, in Denver, Colorado. His family moved to Thornton when he was 6. Overcoming his struggles with dyslexia, he graduated from Mapleton High School and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1966.

Gokey served during the Vietnam War aboard two aircraft carriers, the USS America and the USS Enterprise, as a flight mechanic. He was honorably discharged in 1970.

He met his wife, Pamela, in downtown Denver. They were married on Sept. 9 1972, and had their daughter, Shellaine, a year later on July 3, 1973.

As a master craftsman, he excelled in residential construction and remodeling.

In 1990 he moved to Wheat Ridge where he applied his dedication to service to city government. He was on Wheat Ridge’s planning commission from 1997 until 2001. In 2001, he joined the City Council, serving until 2009.

Davis Reinhart, council member from District 1, served on the planning commission while Gokey was a member of council.

Reinhart said he appreciated the straightforwardness Gokey brought to council. His honesty and willingness to fight for what he believed in is something Reinhart said he hopes to carry forward as he serves on council.

Gokey’s straightforward nature was something his wife admired as well.

“He was a very generous person. He had strong opinions ... you always knew where you stood with him but he never held a grudge,” Mrs. Gokey said.

Gokey was diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer in February 2008. From that point until his death, he underwent numerous treatments including a stem cell transplant. The road became increasingly difficult, especially in 2012 when he was admitted to the hospital several times.

Gokey is survived by his wife, Pamela; his daughter, Shellaine; and his sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Jim Haskins, as well as their children, James, Robert, Mary Beth and Barbie Jean.