Lance Jon Wood
1967 - 2020
WOOD, Lance Jon, passed away at the age of 53 on Thursday, November 12, 2020, in Danville, Calif., following a six-year battle with Glioblastoma. He was surrounded by the love of his immediate family. Lance was born to Bob and Judy Wood in Cranford, N.J., on September 27, 1967. He grew up in Midlothian, Va., and attended the U.S. Naval Academy graduating in 1989 with a B.S. in Economics. At Navy, he played both varsity squash and tennis. Following graduation, he served in the Navy, achieving the rank of LTJG, and was a F14 carrier pilot.

He met his loving wife, Melinda Wood (nee Kunz), in San Diego and married in 1993. Lance and Melinda have three wonderful children together, son, Jake Wood of San Francisco, Calif.; and daughters, Jordan Hill (husband, Sam Hill) of Hoboken, N.J. and Abbey Wood of Danville, Calif. Being a father was one of the greatest joys of Lance's life and he was immensely proud of his children.

Lance worked on Wall Street for several firms, including Paine Weber, Robertson Stephens, Leerink Swan and Macquarie. At Leerink Swan, he was a Managing Director and was tasked with opening and running their first West Coast office in San Francisco.

Along with his immediate family, Lance leaves behind his loving extended family including his parents; his brother, Rob Wood of Richmond, Va.; sister, Tara Wood of Danville, Calif.; five nieces and nephews and a long list of dear friends and people he touched over the course of his life, including fellow servicemen. Everyone who knew Lance loved his vivacious personality and contagious enthusiasm for life. He was inspiring and will be missed tremendously.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lance's honor to the UCSF Foundation and should reference the Neuro-Oncology Support Fund (Fund B1573) in memory of Lance Wood.
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Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22, 2020.
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I met Lance through a mutual friend at Macquarie Capital. He was always so easy to talk with and he also had a great sense of humor. As we got to know each other he loved when I would impersonate people we had both worked with and we would share a good laugh. He was always a warm and loving person. Rest easy my friend.
Bob Trieste, NYC
November 30, 2020
Jeanette Tierney
November 26, 2020
All our prayers to Melinda, Jake, Jordan and Abbey and the entire Wood family. RADM and Mrs. Doug Perry
Doug Perry
November 23, 2020
Lance and I spent our Plebe year in 27th Company. He helped us through the rough times with his sense of humor, ready smile and support to his classmates. He will be missed.
Tony Pham
November 22, 2020
I learned a lot about the positive side of life from Lance. Starting from our first day at the Naval Academy, I am happy he was a friend. After the Navy, we crossed paths in NYC and this weekend I made a point of showing my daughters one of the spots in the city were we met up for a fun night! Best wishes to Melinda and your family who always made me feel welcomed!
Matt Sandoval
November 22, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the Wood family.
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Kiefer
November 21, 2020
I was shocked and saddened to see that Lance died. I have good memories of Lance as a fine person, and not at all surprised to read of his success in his adult life. Prayers and condolences to his family.
Charles May
November 21, 2020