Hi Bob, I am so sorry for your loss. The forum is such a great place. I really hope you find information, companionship and support here like I do.
If you see my signature it will be obvious that the breeder I chose is Debbie of Wildfire goldens. I do know she has plans for spring puppies. If you are interested, you can check out her website Wildfire Golden Retrievers of Arizona, Golden Retrievers, Chandler, AZ
I am in Arizona and while I am not a breeder, I do show and I will PM you some additional information if you want to stay local. You will not be able to PM back until you hit 15 posts.
You also should read the stickies at the top of the choosing a puppy section. They contain some really awesome information to help you as you start looking.
You will also want to become familiar with researching on Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
and web.vmdb.org to check or double check health clearences. I also find K9DATA.COM Home Page
which is a database of Golden Retriever pedigrees and information a useful tool as well.
Reputable breeders should be testing for:
Hips through OFA at 2 years or older
Elbows through OFA at 2 years or older
Hearts through OFA done by a cardiologist at 1 year or older
Eyes annually through CERF or OFA. Most will be CERF since OFA has just this year started to offer clearences for eyes. so, I would expect to see both in the future.
Unfortunately there is no reliable tests for cancer. But you should choose a breeder who is testing for what they can influence with good breeding choices.
Good luck in your search. If you would like us to double check the clearences with you, just post the sire and dam info. This group is great at giving you a double check.