David Gooch, senior director of human resources and general affairs for Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc., passed away in California on Nov. 10, 2011, after a brief illness. He was 58.
Gooch started his career in human resources at Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd.'s Dunlop subsidiary. He also worked for Pirelli Tire North America Inc. for an extended period of time.
He joined Toyo Tire in 2008.
"David’s knowledge, skills and passion toward his work brought a new level of professionalism to the Toyo Tires organization," said the company in an official statement.
Gooch is survived by his wife, Denise, and children, Colin and Courtney Blair. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at McKenzie Mortuary Services, 3843 East Anaheim Street, Long Beach, CA 90804.
Donations may be made in Gooch's name to the preferred charity of the donor’s choice.