- "Alright, alright, Mickey's a mouse, Donald's a duck, Pluto's a dog. What's Goofy?"
- ―Gordon LaChance
Gordie LaChance is one of the four boys from the short story The Body and the film based on it, Stand By Me. He tells the story about his childhood journey of finding a body of a missing boy with his three friends near the town of Castle Rock in Oregon 1959 over Labor Day weekend.
Gordie LaChance is a very insecure boy. His parents ignore him most of the time, and did so even before the death of his older brother Denny. Denny was the sole member of the family who seemed to accept Gordon, and Gordie has taken it hard that he recently died in a Jeep accident. Gordon has no one in his life, except his friends Teddy, Vern, and most of all his best friend Chris Chambers. Chris is the only one he can depend on. All four of them go on an adventure to find a dead body. Many years later, Gordon got married, and the marriage produced one child, a son. Gordon now works as a writer, where he is seen at his computer writing about his 1959 quest to find Ray Brower. As he reflects on what happens to his friends, he hears a schoolfriend of his own son asking when they will get to go swimming, with the younger LaChance saying his dad promised to take them to the pool 30 minutes ago. Realzing he should not neglect his own son as his parent did to him, Gordon saves his writing then goes out to be with the boys.