James A. Wood

James A. Wood
Jim was born in Los Angeles in 1923. His fathers failing health brought the family to an orange grove property when Jim was 5 years old. The present Jr. High now stands there. Jim graduated from all three levels of school in Colton in 1942
It was after the end of WWII and his discharge from the Navy that he met Patricia Russell in June of 1946. They were married four months later.
They built their first home on a part of the family orange grove and were blessed with three daughters, Tracy, Liz and Tricia and 66 years of devoted partnership.
Jim's early career was as a heavy equipment operator setting steel and digging pipeline. To be closer to home and family, he went into his first business venture as an independent garage/gasoline station owner in Colton.
From there he moved on to build and own Genuine Parts in Colton until he sold the business and property in 1982. It was during that time he and the family found a new interest in quarter horses and spent some years showing and riding.
A chance find of a bit of acreage in Oak Glen in 1978 brought about the next thirty four years of pioneering, building and planting what would become Wood Acres.
Jim was survived by his wife Patricia Wood, daughters Tracy Bolton of Lavina, Montana, Liz Wood of Oak Glen, 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Margaret Wood,daughter Tricia Wood, daughter Dianna Wood and sister Elizabeth Sanfacon.
Graveside services will be held on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Montecieto Memorial Park, 3520 East Washington St., Colton.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer's Society of America or the .

Published in San Bernardino Sun on Jan. 13, 2013