In Memory of
Shawn Vincent Goltzene

GOLTZENE, Shawn V., age 50, previously of Dayton, Ohio, passed away on Friday, September 2, 2022, in Houston, Texas, following a courageous and inspirational two-year battle with multiple myeloma.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents James and Elna Logsdon and Betty and Philip Goltzene, and father David Witt.  He is survived by his wife of 6 years, Phuong, sons Tony, Henry and Nolan, father Michael Goltzene, mother Debra Ruffner, siblings Tammy, Michael, and Heather, stepbrother Josh Wical and stepsister Nikki King, father-in-law Duc Nguyen, mother-in-law Tuyet Le, other immediate family, and a group of close friends who became family.

Shawn was born in Xenia, Ohio, and graduated from Xenia High School.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Wright State University in 2001.  Shawn began his career at Deloitte & Touche in Dayton and Denver, and then joined Stanley Black & Decker in San Diego and later Paris, France.  He spent the last 16 years at Science Applications International Corporation (“SAIC”) where he served most recently as Assistant VP of Accounting & Finance.  Shawn was also a proud veteran and Airman of the Year nominee who served 10 years as a Technical Sergeant in the Ohio National Guard, which included one tour in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia during the Iraq War.

Shawn loved his family first and foremost and was an amazing husband and father.  He was an extraordinary friend—attentive, loyal, accepting, uplifting, thoughtful and unpretentious.  He was generous and selfless in his support and service to family, friends, and others.  Shawn was an adventurous traveler; his journeys are chronicled by four passports’ worth of stamps and friends around the world.  He was a big sports fan, especially when cheering on Tony at soccer games and rooting for the Ohio State Buckeyes.  Shawn was a cinema buff and music lover.  He was skilled at chess and enjoyed playing cards with family and friends.  Shawn was witty and charming, which got him out of more than a few sticky situations and seated at restaurants faster than most!  He was a great listener who made you feel like you were the only person in the room.

Shawn enjoyed celebrations of all kinds.  To honor his life and legacy, a Celebration of Life is being planned for a later date.

Phuong, his sons, and his close friends are thankful for the incredible care Shawn received at home in his last days from White Orchid Hospice, and donations in memory of Shawn be made to your local hospice care provider or to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation


Message from
Gerald Campbell Sr.
Sat, 09/10/2022

Words cannot express this loss. Shawn was an amazing man, husband, father, and friend. I was honored to be able to call him my friend for nearly 3 decades. We had countless adventures as young bucks and if you had Shawn as your friend, you had a true friend indeed. Shawn’s life as a wandering adventurer was turned upside down when he met Phuong. I have never seen Shawn happier, oh how he loved his wife and sons Tony, Henry and Nolan. Shawn will be so very missed, but never forgotten and his legacy will burn bright forever. I am forever thankful to have been able to enjoy our friendship and the journey of life for these many years.

Message from
Marsha Bynum
Mon, 09/12/2022

Shawn was a very good friend and once was my accounting supervisor he had a magical personality with a warm smile and he was a fair boss, I have know Shawn over 17 years he never forgot my birthday because he had stated that his grandmothers birthdate was the same as mine August 03,????I truly going to miss him. To his wife, children, family you have my sympathy, my heart is sadden and heavy, but he is now with other angels and no more pain. R.I.P. Shawn Vincent Goltzene.