Mr. Bob Hood, a widely read outdoors writer for the Star-Telegram and numerous other Texas publications, died Thursday morning at his home at Possum Kingdom Lake. He had fought cancer for more than two years. He was 69.|
Mr. Hood was a fixture at the Star-Telegram well before he joined the staff full time on Sept. 21, 1962. He was delivering newspapers at 11, beginning with a downtown route of 50 customers.
Mr. Hood only surrendered his route when he went to work in the sports department upon graduation from high school.
Mr. Hood started covering high schools, rodeos, boxing and other events before moving to the outdoors beat in 1968. He retired in 2008 but continued to write monthly stories for the Star-Telegram until his death. He was also hunting editor for Texas Fish & Game Magazine and a contributing writer for Texas Sportsman, Texas Sporting Journal and Lone Star Outdoor News.
Star-Telegram columnist Randy Galloway recalled meeting Mr. Hood in a press box in the 1960s when Galloway was a reporter with The Dallas Morning News.
"The first thing I noticed about Bob was the smile," he said. "Going on 50 years later, it's the same smile. A real smile! A pleasing smile. A man's smile. Good people have that kind of smile.
"Early on, over some beers along the way, it didn't take long to figure out Bob Hood is the best kind of people.
"Neither Bob nor I hung out much at the Star-Telegram, preferring to work from home, but once in a while I would run into Bob at the office. Same great smile. Same great attitude."
The winner of numerous writing awards from the Texas Outdoors Writers Association, Mr. Hood received the group's L.A. Wilke Lifetime Achievement award in 2011. He was also a past president of the association and served on its board of directors.
He was inducted into the Texas State Bass Tournament Hall of Fame in 2000, having won the event on three occasions. He was also a member of the Lake Falcon Association Hall of Fame.
He was the Fort Worth Ducks Unlimited Sportsman of the Decade for the 1990s and its Sportsman of the Year in 2000.
In 2013, he was inducted in to the Muy Grande Hall of Fame for his support of the annual Freer-Zapata-Laredo-Carrizo Springs deer contest.
A visitation will be Friday, Jan. 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Morrison Funeral Home located at 700 Oak St., Graham, TX.76450.
Funeral Services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the First Baptist Church at 620 4th St., Graham, TX 76450. A graveside service will follow immediately afterwards at McAdams Cemetery near Lake Possum Kingdom.
Published in Star-Telegram on Jan. 9, 2014