Jacob ‘Jay’ C. Wood

Durango resident Jacob C. Wood died Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Four Corners Health Care Center in Durango. He was 96.

Known as “Jay,” he was born to Willie Wood and Grovey Pearl Knowles on Aug. 20, 1915, in Lohan, Texas. One of five children, he grew up in Texas. His family moved to Colorado in 1937, and they settled at Pleasant View in Montezuma County. That was his home for the next nine years. The family left Pleasant View in 1946, and moved to the Redmesa area, where they cleared land and grew beans.

On Nov. 19, 1938, he married C. Marie Lee in Aztec.

They continued farming with his father until 1950, when Mr. Wood went to work at Vanadium Corporation of America in Durango. After Vanadium Corporation shut down in 1963, Mr. Wood worked at Federal, Home, Plaza and Boker lumber companies.

Mr. Wood was a Boy Scout leader for many years. He loved to camp, hike and fish with his troop.

Mr. Wood was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, C. Marie Wood, just five days earlier on April 13, 2012; and his sons Walter Clark Wood and Elmer Eugene Wood.

Mr. Wood is survived by four grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at Hood Mortuary Chapel, 1261 East Third Ave. Burial will occur at Greenmount Cemetery.