Daniel José Godoy, 69, proud former Marine Corps Sgt. and prolific playwright, died on February 16, 2021. He graduated 1965 from Hardy Prep (Chicago) and played football at Loyola Academy (Wilmette, IL) before returning to his birthplace of New Orleans and graduating from Redemptorist High School 1969. He attended LSU, but withdrew to join the USMC for a 3-year tour during the Vietnam War, earning a National Defense Service Medal and a Meritorious Unit Citation. After his military service, Dan attended Loyola University (N.O.) where he met his mentor, Drama Professor Don Brady. Though Dan worked in the medical and hotel fields, his true passion was writing. His plays, nearly two dozen of them, were inspired by his deep connection with his Catholic upbringing, his extensive reading and his life experiences. His works, mostly one act plays, were staged in venues across New Orleans, including Le Chat Noir, Le Petite Theatre, and Southern Rep. His entry in the 1st New Southern Plays Festival received special recognition, and in 1992 he was honored by New Orleans Magazine as "A Person To Watch". Health issues compelled Dan to spend the last decade and a half of his life in nursing homes. Hurricane Katrina forced his evacuation from New Orleans to Baton Rouge in 2005. Dan is survived by brother Alfonso Godoy (Rancy Boyd-Snee), sister Yvonne Godoy-Ramos, niece Vanessa Almiñana Francingues (Wayne Francingues, Jr.) and great niece, Alexandra Catherine Francingues. Dan enjoyed the many friends he made at both the Catholic-Presbyterian Apartments and his favorite hang-out, Spanish Town Market. May his memory be eternal.
Published in The Advocate from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2021.