Sunday, May 24, 2015

Grandpa Wood

What a sweet reunion these two wonderful people must have had yesterday. I've been so lucky to have my grandparents for a good portion of my life. Although I will miss my grandpa, I know that he missed his sweetheart, and I'm grateful in knowing they are together again. Families are forever!

I will always remember Grandpa playing the Boogie Woogie on the piano. We'd always want him to play it again and again. He loved popcorn and has passed that love on to his family. Grandpa always was an entertainer and would want to fire up the grill whenever anyone came over. He was kind and loving to those around him. Grandpa was the first to meet my husband and a witness at our wedding. I'm so glad I had this short time on earth to spend with him. 

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Douglas J Wood, 83, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, May 23, 2015, due to heart failure and complications from diabetes.  
Born July 29, 1931 in Pocatello, Idaho to William Charles and Fern Elvaretta Watson Wood.  Later moved to Logan, then Ogden Utah where he graduated from Ogden High School in 1949. Married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Jean Hazen, that same year on September 21st in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They moved their family to Salt Lake City in 1958 and shared over 60 happy years before Barbara passed in 2010.
Doug loved life and made instant friends with everyone he met. He cherished his family and they loved him deeply in return.  He was always there for them.  He enjoyed the outdoors – camping, boating, fishing, skiing and golf.  He filled his home with music, especially jazz, and loved singing, dancing and playing the piano.  He worked in the life insurance industry for 38 years with Metropolitan, Sentinel, etc., earning top awards in sales/ management.  Doug was a faithful member of the LDS Church and served in many callings, including bishopric, high council and singing in the choir.  
Doug is survived by his two daughters, Karen (Baird) Morgan and Janica (Lance) Johnson; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and his brother, Richard (Carma) Wood.
Preceded in death by his parents and wife; son, Michael Douglas Wood; granddaughter, Angeline Wood; grandson, Matthew Morgan; and brother, Dean Wood.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Noon in the East Mill Creek 7th Ward, 3408 So. Celeste Way (3075 East).  Friends may call at the church between 10:30-11:30am prior to services.  Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to Heartwood Hospice and all neighbors, friends and family who cared so tenderly for Doug in his final days.

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