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Tracy Goatcher lived a fulfilling and giving life for fifty-two years. Her deepest well of pride, three amazing children, Kaitlyn, Chance, and Jacob, brought great joy to her daily. Tracy lived life fully with love and passion, she brought her spirit for living at any get together, birthday, or holiday. Tracy’s special lemonade (margarita) was always on tap and available to share. Tracy was strong willed, inclusive, accepting, and big hearted. Tracy was always about family, this could be her immediate family, her work family, or her Challenger family. It was her untethered capacity to love; she was not full unless she was helping someone in need.
Tracy dedicated her life to this effort, her passion for helping others, for giving. Tracy’s workday consisted of quality support for children with special needs for over 20 years at French Camp Elementary, Great Valley Elementary, and Woodward Elementary Schools. Her work as a paraprofessional in Special Day Classes was centered on giving to students with disabilities. Tracy understood the opportunities for a child living with a disability, she understood one individual can make a difference, a child should not be limited in their education or in their opportunities in society. Alongside of her best friend in life, Roger, raising two children with Prader-Willi Syndrome, Tracy had learned to see the possibilities in all. Additionally, she volunteered in a special sports league for children with disabilities called the Challenger league. You could find Tracy out on the field supporting those who may have been struggling or in the stands talking with other parents about the struggles we all face.
Tracy forged strong lasting relationships from her youth as an alumnus of East Union High School which continued throughout adulthood. She could easily be found at a football game, crab feed, or other function associated with the high school. She proudly supported her alma mater. Tracy had a daring spirit and will be remembered as the life of the party who was energetic and funny. Charismatic, bigger than life personality, which made everyone feel comfortable and loved.
In her spare time, she managed to enjoy the outdoors, camping at Pinecrest every year in July was her favorite by far. She loved the adventure of finding new camping locations. Never one to avoid an assembly of family, she always had a plan that included inviting her twin sister and any other friends or family who could go.
Tracy leaves behind her husband, Roger, with whom she has affectionately spent 38 years, of which 29 in matrimony. Roger and Tracy met in high school forging a loving, devoted, and enduring life together. She also leaves behind her mother, Linda, and her brother Larry (Serina) Lee of French Camp as well as sister’s Julie (Dana) Norman of French Camp, and her twin sister Stacy (Tommy) Yandell of Escalon and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family kindly asks to instead donate to the Prader-Willi California foundation. PWCF.org. A foundation which provides supports to families that have children/adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome.
P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home is honored to serve the Goatcher family. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, February 4, 2022 at 11am at 290 N. Union Road, Manteca, California. She will be laid to rest at Park View Cemetery following the service. An online guestbook is available at www.plfryandson.com
Prader-Willi California Foundation
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