MYRICK RAY WOOD (1919 - 2016)

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  • "My thoughts and prayers are with Woody and all of the..."
    - Douglas Gantt
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MYRICK RAY WOOD (JACK, M.R., WOODY) Our exceptional father passed away on September 4th. We will always remember the smart and caring man he was. He reached his goals in life to be a real scholar, a capable engineer, a good Army Officer, and also a loving and devoted husband and special nurturing father who always set good examples. He took a real interest in the people he met and made a difference in their lives. He is remembered fondly by many. Born in Seattle in 1919 into the loving family of M. R. Wood, a prominent Seattle real estate developer. He attended Seward and John Hay grammar schools, and the old Broadway High School. Dad earned his BS in electrical engineering at U of W and worked at the Hanford Project for 40 years. The project that most drew his enthusiasm was the Fast Flux Test Facility with its demanding instrumentation. He designed and patented a liquid sodium flow meter that was used in the operating reactor. He always believed that the electrical power needs of the country were best met by nuclear power. In 1941 he was called from the Army Reserves to active duty and served as a captain for most of his 4 years of service during WW II. He was the executive officer of the Niles, a mine planter in San Francisco harbor to protect the harbor from invasion. While there, he met and married Kay Wiley, a lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corp in the nearby Letterman General Hospital. She was the love of his life, and they had 71 years of marriage until she passed on in 2013. He was re-stationed from San Francisco to New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, the Green Islands, and the Philippines with the 518 AAA Gun Battalion. He ran the radar unit that directed antiaircraft guns. He maintained his sharp mind and kind heart to the end. He is survived by his children Ken, Jamie, and Scott, and their spouses Marianne, Greg, and Tammy, grandchildren Scott, Geoff, Sophia, and Diana, and great grandchildren Nathan, Hannah, Owen, and Finnegan. Goodbye Dad, we love you and thank you. We have had a good run together.
Published in Tri-City Herald on Nov. 20, 2016