• "Thinking of you tonight bro, there are many things I need..."
    - Dana
  • "Miss you Leland. Some great memories"
  • "Leland, You maybe be out of sight, but to those who love..."
    - Cindy King
  • "To you my son:? My heart was broken when you left so..."
    - Sharon Ford

Danekas Funeral Home-Ritzville

Leland M. Woodard, who built wonderful custom homes in Everett, Washington, died from two gunshot wounds to the head, January 11, 2012, at the age of 52. Woodard was a very proud father, a first time grandfather, and a gifted carpenter.

As a young boy, he was bucked off of the family horse and broke his thumb. "I'll never ride horses again," he said going on to make the Harley-Davidson
his ride of choice. This passion precipitated the name of his first business venture, Hawg Construction Company. After moving to Washtucna, Washington, in 1996, Woodard built custom homes in the Tri-Cities area.

In the months prior to his death, he traveled for work to North Dakota while still a resident of the small town, operating a crane to care for his wife and daughter who stayed back in Washtucna.

Woodard was born on Easter Sunday, March 29, 1959, in Ritzville, Washington, first born son of Leland C. Woodard and Sharon K. Jensen. He grew up on a 168-acre farm in the foothills of Mount Spokane and attended Riverside High School.

He is survived by his wife, Becky, a postal carrier in Adams County; two daughters, Seanna Woodard of Phoenix, AZ; and Amanda Woodard of Washtucna, WA; a brother, Paul Woodard of Stanwood, WA; and three sisters, Cheryl Dore of Snohomish, WA; Wendy Woodard of Stanwood, WA; and Dana Woodard of Valley, WA; and an 11-month old grandson, Adyn of Phoenix, AZ.

Woodard was preceded in death by his brother, Christopher Woodard, born August, 28, 1972, died November 19, 1987; his grandparents, Mike and Edna Austin of Washtucna, WA; and Victor and Eleanor Jensen of Lind, WA.

In honor of his life, a memorial service is planned for January 22, 2012, at 1:30 p.m., Washtucna Community Church. A memorial is set up in honor of his two daughters and donations can be made at any US Bank.

Known for strong work ethics, Woodard loved to fish. He'd take his employees and his brother on fishing excursions. He is described a friend to many and a help in time of need. Woodard traveled to New Orleans to help victims of Katrina and is said to have bought toys for neighborhood children because he saw the need. Danekas Funeral Home-Ritzville is entrusted with arrangements.
Published in Tri-City Herald on Jan. 19, 2012