Donald L. Woodward, Jr.
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~ 2012 ~
SAN FRANCISCO - Donald L. Woodward, Jr., 84, died August 9, 2012 in San Francisco, surrounded by his family.
Although he lived many places during his lifetime, he retained a special connection to the Monterey Peninsula. He was the son of Donald L. Woodward, Sr., who founded Woodward Marine in Moss Landing in 1950. The boat brokerage, marine launch, and general store were operated by his late mother, Lillian B. Woodward, and his brother, Richard B. Woodward, after his father's death. Lillian was well known for "Moss Landing Footnotes," a column published in regional newspapers for decades.
Woodward, Jr. shared his family's love for newspapers and boats. As a teenager, he worked as a copy boy at The Portland Oregonian. Later, he wrote for the Watsonville Pajaronian and the Castroville Times, and edited the Folsom Telegraph, where he met his wife, Lynne Gilmer. The couple published the Sparks Tribune, Big Nickel, and Record-Courier in Nevada for many years. In retirement, Woodward contributed to the Pacific Grove Beacon and the Monterey History and Art Association's Noticias. He also published a compilation of his mother's columns, Lillian Woodward's Moss Landing.
Woodward is survived by his loving wife and children, Donald L. Woodward III of San Francisco, Andrea L. Woodward of Santa Barbara, and Whitney S. Woodward of Albuquerque, NM; his sister, Virginia Stone of Carmel; as well four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. His brother, Richard Woodward, passed away in April of this year.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Aug. 28, 2012