McRay Wood(1948 - 2013)

McRay Wood

Cedar City, Utah

McRay Wood a true gentleman of the land, age 65, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Oct 1, 2013. Mac was born March 21, 1948 in Cedar City, Utah to Cleo and Marie Murie Wood. He married Wendy Ward on Sept 9, 1976 in Cedar City, UT.

Mac spent his early years in Hurricane, Utah moving with his family to Cedar City at the age of 10. He graduated from Cedar High School and attended Dixie State College, Mesa Community College and Utah State. He was drafted into the army and honorably served his country in the Vietnam War. His patriotism and great love for his country was passed on to his children and grandchildren.

After being honorably discharged from the Army feeling lost and out of place, rodeo became the way of coping and healing from the tragedies he witnessed while in Vietnam. He was a natural saddle bronc rider. Mac followed in the footsteps of his father, who he adored, as a lifetime cattle rancher. His ranching career began on the Arizona Strip and later they wintered their cattle near Lund, Utah and spent the summer on Cedar Mountain. The Wood family legacy lived on through Mac's outstanding horsemanship, excellent range management and superior cattle.

Mac Wood is an icon; everyone knows him and he knows everyone. Mac portrayed unconditional kindness, true friendship, relentless cheerfulness and a warm smile with unbiased love and strength. His firm handshake meant something. His famous saddle bronc picture is a metaphor of his life: Stay strong and hold on, despite how rough it gets.

Mac is survived by his wife Wendy, Cedar City Utah; daughters Robyn (Jordan) Judd South Weber, Utah and Kaitlin (Brian) Milne South Weber, Utah; grandchildren: Brighton Kate Judd, Miles McRay Judd, Taggart Phillip Judd, Marlee Knell Milne, Mercedes Lee Milne; sister: Frances (Tom) Bryson Rigby and his beloved dogs Rosie and Scotty.

He is preceded in death by parents Cleo and Marie Wood; brother Gerald C. Wood; in-laws Lloyd and Ruth Knell Ward.

Funeral services will be Saturday Oct 5 at 12 p.m. at the Rock Church 75 East Center St., Cedar City Utah. Friends may call Friday Oct. 4 from 5pm to 8 pm at the Southern Utah Mortuary 190 North 300 West, Cedar City, Utah and on Saturday, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. prior to services at the church. Interment will take place in the Cedar City Cemetery.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah. Friends and family are invited to sign Mac's guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com.

Funeral Home

Spilsbury Mortuary
110 South Bluff Street St. George, UT 84770
(435) 673-2454

Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from Oct. 3 to Oct. 4, 2013