Kemp High School students mourn death of Joe Godina and Daryl Gower
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–Seems as if the entire Cedar Creek Lake area is mourning the death of two Kemp High School students.
Early before school on Monday, about 100 Kemp students gathered to Yellowjacket Stadium to mourn the loss of Joe Angel Godina and Daryl Gower. Both young men were 17 years old.
A third young man, John Moody, also 17, survived the crash but will have a long road ahead of him to recovery.
Moody was air-lifted in critical condition from the crash site soon after it happened around 12:40 p.m. Sunday. He was in intensive care Monday with a host of injuries, including broken upper and lower jaws, broken legs and some bleeding in his brain, according to a Facebook message from someone close to the family.
Gower was driving his 1996 Ford Mustang, taking the other two to his house on CR 1895 to watch the Cowboys football game on television.
“Everyone was wearing a seat belt,” Department of Public Safety spokesman Lony Haschel said. “There was no evidence of alcohol present,” he added.
The reason for the crash is unknown and still under investigation.
Gower’s car was crossing westbound lanes of U.S. 175 from the crossover in the median strip when it was struck by a 2006 Range Rover.
Patricia, 57, and Dr. Dale Ehmer, 58, were most likely returning to their home in Allen from spending the weekend at their lake house in Star Harbor when they collided with the Mustang.
Patricia was transported to Baylor Hospital in Dallas in stable condition. Her husband, Dale, was uninjured, Haschel reported.
Kemp athletic director Greg Anderson told The Monitor, he was in a coaches meeting Sunday when he first got the news.
“Joe Godina was going to move up to varsity this week,” Anderson said. Daryl played football with us last year as a sophomore and is well-known to the players, and John Moody had joined us late and had been training and working out. This Friday would have been his first time to play with us, too,” Anderson said.
“It will be a difficult week for us, as we grieve this loss. Our foremost thoughts go out to the Godina and Gower families,” he added.
Anderson also reported that Mabank and Eustace coaches as well as the Eustace Athletic Boosters called Monday to offer their support and prayers.
“The kids here will struggle with this for sometime. We spent most the fifth period with the JV boys. We had a long talk with them,” he said.
Kemp athletes hope to honor their deceased teammates by attending their memorial services together as a group.
A viewing is set for Joe Godina from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday (today) and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday with Rosary set for 7 p.m., at the Calvario Funeral Home, 300 West Davis in Dallas for both days. A funeral mass is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Nuestra Senora Del Pilar Catholic Church, located at 4455 West Illinois Ave., Dallas with burial to follow at Calvary Hill Cemetery, 3235 Lombardy Lane in Dallas. His obituary information was not available by presstime Tuesday. See Sunday’s issue for complete information.
Visitation with the family of Daryl Gower was set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 with a funeral service to follow at Anderson-Clayton Bros. located at 1226 S. Elm St., Kemp. Interment was set to follow at the Roselawn Memorial Gardens, 1000 S. U.S. Highway 175, Seagoville. His obituary can be found on page 11A.