JOE WERNER WOOD On September 9, 2013 at the age of 89, Joe Werner Wood died peacefully at home having been a good loving son, brother, husband, father and grandpa. He accomplished much and left the world a better place. Born January 28, 1924 in Heber Springs, Arkansas to Bynum and Zula Wood, Joe was one of four boys. He graduated from Little Rock High School. In December 1941, Joe joined the U.S Navy and served until February 1946. During that period, Joe attended Midshipman School at Notre Dame University where he was on the tennis team. After leaving the Navy, Joe hitchhiked out to New Mexico. He was in the first graduating class of the University Of New Mexico School Of Law in 1950. He was admitted to the State Bar of New Mexico that same year. During Joe's 51 years of legal service to the people of New Mexico, he worked as an attorney of the New Mexico Legislative Counsel Service, in private law practice in Farmington and as Judge of the New Mexico court of Appeals from 1966 to 1986. He served as Chief Judge of Court of Appeals from 1971-1981. After leaving the Court of Appeals in 1986, Joe worked Of-Counsel at the Hinkle Law Firm until he took inactive status as a lawyer at the end of September 2001. The driving forces in Joe's life were his family and the deeply held desire to be fair to all. He had a fine sense of humor. He read extensively, really enjoying reading all kinds of history books and Agatha Christie Mystery books. He passed on a love of reading to his three daughters. He also taught his daughters the value of hard work, the love of nature, and the value of helping other people. Joe lived and breathed the law. He considered the finest compliment he ever got was from two young lawyers working different sides of a case; they discovered that Judge Wood decided each case as he saw it, he never favored any side. He is survived by his three daughters: Lorraine Wood Nicholls (Simon), Rachel Wood (Kevin Haughton) and Helen Wood; grandchildren: Megan and Alex Haughton. We shall miss you Joe, we love you. Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations 417 East Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505 Phone: (505)989-7032 Fax: (505)820-0435 santafefuneraloption.com
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900