1922 ~ 2013
Lewis Wesley Woods, Jr., beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend passed away peacefully on July 24, 2013. He was 90 years old. Born on September 21, 1922 to Lewis Wesley Woods, Sr. and Clara Christine Albertson Woods in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended South High School in Salt Lake City and was a 1940 graduate of Elko County High School in Nevada.
Wes had a happy childhood and enjoyed spending time with his father, a railroad engineer with Western Pacific, running the rail line between California and Colorado. From his father, he learned the value of hard work and honed his abilities as a skilled mechanic.
After high school, Wes enlisted in the Army
Air Corps with a desire to defend a country he loved. He served in the Army Air Corps, and later the United States Air Force
for more than 30 years. During his military career, he was engaged in combat during World War II
, the Korean War
, and the Vietnam War. Wes distinguished himself during his career in the Air Force having retired as a Chief Master Sergeant, and was the recipient of several meritorious combat and service awards.
While on a brief leave of absence during World War II, Wes met his sweetheart, Helen Hunt, at Covey's Coconut Grove dance hall in Salt Lake City. After eight days of courtship, they were married in Elko, Nevada on October 10, 1944. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple two years later. They spent 68 happy years together on earth and are now reunited for eternity.
Due to Wes' career in the Air Force, the family relocated often, living in Great Falls, MT; Mountain Home, ID; Walla Walla, WA; Honolulu, HI; Chandler, AZ; Boise, ID; Camarillo, CA; Anchorage, AK; Grass Valley, CA; Fairbanks, AK and retiring to Boise, ID and subsequently to Salt Lake City. He also served remote assignments for the Air Force in Reykjavik, Iceland and Brisbane and Adelaide, Australia. Everywhere they lived, they made lasting friendships that have endured through the years and have brought them much joy and happiness.
Following his military career, Wes was appointed as a magistrate in the State of Idaho. After passing the bar exam for the State of Idaho, he became a Judge of the Fourth District Court. In total, he served in this capacity for more than 15 years. The Honorable Judge Woods was known to run a very orderly court and had a reputation as a firm, but kind and fair man, with a deep love for the laws of the land that he fought so ardently to defend.
Wes was a loving, compassionate man who was always looking for opportunities to serve others. He enjoyed coaching his sons in little league baseball and was a fixture in the Boise Natatorium for his sons' swimming meets. He was active in Scouting and was instrumental in assisting numerous young men earn their Eagle Scout awards, including three of his sons and two of his grandsons. He was also a very patient boater, who enjoyed helping hundreds of young people learn how to water-ski. He was an avid fisherman and hunter who looked forward to spending every October in the Blue Mountains and Elk Ridge of Southern Utah with Helen's extended family. He and Helen loved to travel with their Airstream trailer, and Wes served as Chairman of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International, Utah Unit.
Wes served faithfully in numerous positions within the LDS Church, including as Branch President in Fairbanks, Alaska; twice as a Bishop's counselor; High Priest Group Leader; Young Men's President; Seminary Teacher; a faithful Home Teacher, and served two Stake Missions. He was an avid genealogist and successfully linked numerous generations of his family tree together. He and Helen worked together in the German extraction program.
Wes is survived by a daughter: Darla (Keith) Abreu, Boise, ID; three sons: Buzz (Anne), Salt Lake City, UT; Chip (Lynette), Clayton, CA; and D.J. (Heather), Kuna, ID; 16 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. He also has a sole surviving sister, Bonnie Rose, of Salt Lake City, UT. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, his son, David and David's wife Roxann.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at 11 a.m., at the LDS Millcreek Stake Center located at 420 E. Jeannine Drive (4220 S.), Salt Lake City, Utah. Friends and family may call Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Stake Center and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the services on Tuesday. Interment will be at Mountain View Memorial Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.memorialutah.com