Charles E. Wood
1937 - 2021
Memorial service
Jan, 25 2022
Hoffmantown Church
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Charles E. Wood

Charles E. Wood, our greatly loved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother, left to be with his Lord in Heaven on December 23, 2021. He passed quietly at his home with family by his side, waiting for the first glimmer of sunlight on his beloved Sandia Mountains.

Charlie was born on November 17, 1937, in Oklahoma City, OK to Victor and Ida Wood. After moving first to Riverside, CA and then to Fort Worth, TX, Charlie and his family finally settled in Albuquerque. Charlie was a proud graduate of Highland High School's Class of 1955 and he enjoyed recounting his time playing on the school's state champion football team.

After graduation, Charlie headed to Waco, TX to attend Baylor University. Thanks to Baylor's tradition of seating student's alphabetically in chapel, he noticed a pretty coed seated nearby. In what would become a classic family story, Charlie used his position as president of his service club to have the young lady named as the club's Sweetheart, just to have an excuse to take her to a dance. His plan worked and ultimately, he married Marcia Lee White in June of 1959. The two moved to Dallas where Charlie attended Baylor Dental School, and then to Reno, NV where he served two years as a dentist in the Air Force before returning to Albuquerque to establish his own dental practice. His desire was always to take excellent care of his patients and to share what he learned with other dentists in Albuquerque.

Charlie had a life-long love of the outdoors. Despite getting lost on his first hike in the Sandias, Charlie became an avid hiker and backpacker. He had many tales to tell from the summer he worked for the Forest Service and from a great many family camping trips. As great as his love for the mountains was, he perhaps loved sharing them with others even more. He was a scoutmaster for several years and led his troop on many outdoor adventures. More recently, he volunteered for many years as a Trail Watch Volunteer for Albuquerque Open Spaces. Whether he was meeting people at the Open Spaces Visitor Center or working hard to keep Pino Trail in excellent condition, or leading others on hikes in the Bosque, Charlie had a passion for educating others about our amazing New Mexico environments. He was a friend, mentor and hero to many.

Charlie is survived by his son Stephen Wood and wife Ilaria Derr, daughter Michelle and husband Sam Mouck, grandson Robert and wife Tiffany Mouck, granddaughter Adrienne Mouck, brother Vern and wife Sally Wood, and many other loved family members. He was preceded in death by his wife Marcia, and his sister Sue Williams. A memorial service for Charlie will be held 1:00pm, January 25 at Hoffmantown Church. If desired, donations may be made to: Steelbridge (formerly called Albuquerque Rescue Mission) and the NM BioPark. Please visit our online guestbook for Charles at

Published by Albuquerque Journal from Jan. 7 to Jan. 9, 2022.
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I was privileged to meet Charlie as a volunteer at Open Space. He always had a good word for visitors and other volunteers. He clearly loved people, and drew others to him like a huge magnet, myself included. Charlie taught me many things about trail maintenance in just a few training sessions on the Pino Trail. He did not let a single hiker pass without engaging them in a brief conversation. All of us who knew him will forever be part of Charlie´s Crew.
Kerry Kay
January 18, 2022
Cynthia Hunter Newsome
January 12, 2022
Charlie was a wonderful friend for a long time. It is hard to believe he is gone. chn
Cynthia Hunter Newsome
January 11, 2022
Is the service at Hoffmantown going to be held virtual, as well? I´m in Alabama and have been communicating with others around the country that are unable to be there in person. We would love to be able to see the service and be there virtually. [email protected]
Janelle Lovin Mancha
January 9, 2022
When I graduated from The Univ of New Mexico the first dentist to hire me was Dr. Wood. I was blessed to work with him for several years. The way he lead his practice made a great impression on me because he wasn´t just a "boss"; he was a leader, a teacher, a role model, an excellent dentist, and a Godly man. He began each day with an impactful quote. Dr. Wood retired in 2000 but we have remained friends all these years. When visiting him recently he reminded me of this particular motivating quote that I want to share... "What I do today is important because I´m exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in it´s place something I have traded for it. I want it to be gain, not loss; good, not evil; success, not failure; in order that I shall not regret the price I paid for it." ~Robert w. Lynch It´s hard to put into words how much Dr. Wood has impacted my life. He probably never even knew what an influence he had on me. I will truly miss him. My prayers are with your family during this time. ~Janelle (This photo was taken 11/27/21, with Lori Hendrex)
Janelle Lovin Mancha
January 8, 2022
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