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Baker City, Oregon
Charles Douglas Wood, 59, of Odell and a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 10, 2004, at Providence Hood River Memorial hospital.
His funeral was Feb. 14, at Anderson’s Tribute Center in Hood River.
Doug was born on Oct. 2, 1944, in Baker City to Harold Jack Wood and Olive M. Boling Wood. He was raised in Baker City and graduated from Baker High School in 1963.
In 1965 he married Rita Gordon. They had two children, Tracy Lockwood and Camille McCafferty, both of whom live in Las Vegas.
In 1972 Doug was married to Catherine Clement. They had two children, Lisa Wood White of Appleton, Wash., and Paul Robert Wood of Spokane, Wash.
Doug married Sandra Martin in the mid 1980s, and they lived at Odell until 2000, when Sandra died.
In 2000 Doug found the love of his life, Melanie Lyons Fortner. They were married at Rockaway Beach and lived at Odell. Doug and Melanie spent the last three years together enjoying the peace and serenity of visiting the ocean. Doug was a very dedicated and hard-working man, never tiring to pursue perfection with his duties.
Doug joined the National Guard in Baker City while still attending high school, and he soon became the administrative supply tech. Doug later transferred to Hood River, where he continued full time service with the National Guard for 11 years. While working with the National Guard part time, he was employed with Krieg Miliwork along with his brother, Ves Wood. They enjoyed a family tradition working together as craftsmen in the woodworking industry.
Doug worked for Diamond Fruit Growers at Hood River and Odell for a short time before he became an employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Bonneville Dam, where he worked until his retirement in 2003. Doug loved wood-working and yard landscaping. His special love was a cabin in Boulder Gorge on the Powder River just a few miles from Sumpter.
Doug enjoyed road trips where he could fish and share his experiences with his children and grandchildren. He was a member of the Hood River Masonic Lodge and the Hood River Shriners.
Survivors include his wife, Melanie Wood of Odell; four children, Tracy, Camille, Lisa and Paul; four grandchildren, Danielle, Alyssa, Courtney and Seaera; three brothers and one sister, Jack Wood of Newberg, James Wood of Graham, Wash., Barton Wood of Pendleton, and Sharon Chubb of Brogan; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Olive Wood; and two brothers, Sylvester “Ves” Wood and Danny Wood, who died as a baby.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Odell Volunteer Fire and Rescue Team or the American Cancer Society through Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 20, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor