Forrest Cripps Wood Jr.
November 1, 1949 – July 9, 2016
Forrest “Woody” Wood, 66, of Bryan, passed away on Saturday July 9, 2016 in the Temple Veterans Hospital surrounded by his family. The Masonic Funeral Service is scheduled for 11a.m., Saturday July 16, 2016 at St. Michael’s Academy Chapel, 2402 South College Avenue. His family will receive guests in the chapel beginning at 10a.m. on Saturday. Inurnment will follow at later date in Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego, California. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers.
Woody was born in Cedar City, Utah to Forrest Sr., and Peggy Jane Thompson. He met his beautiful wife, Marianna, in Southern California while in college. He and Marianna raised two wonderful children, Jessica and Nathan.
Woody received the Bronze Star during his time in the US Army, and completed tours in Vietnam and Europe. After serving our country, he went on to serve the community through his involvement with Emergency Medical Services, he was an innovator in his field advancing EMS safety, leadership, and legislative policies.
In his free time he enjoyed traveling, skiing, working ski patrol, rock climbing, scuba diving, camping and hiking, umpiring little league baseball, coaching youth sports including football and baseball, and spending time with family and friends. He was active with Cedar Creek Masonic Lodge, and the Arabia Shriners.
Proceeding in death are his parents, Forrest Wood, Sr., Peggy Jane Thompson Whitely, and his step-father, Charles Whitely.
His survivors include his wife Marianna Wood; his son Nathan Wood; his daughter Jessica Wood and husband John Goertz; his step-mother Beverly Wood; his brother Russell and his wife Michelle Wood; and his beloved pets Winnie and Andie.
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So very sorry for your loss Maryann, he will be greatly missed.
My condolence to your family in this sad time. I heard so many good this about your brother and your husband may he rest in peace
Saddened to hear of Woody’s passing. He was truly an asset to the emergency medical service in Texas and beyond.
Prayers for peace and comfort for his family.
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Woody. I worked with him at ESTI at Brayton Fire Field. He was always such a sweet person and would always stop by mine and Chief Bunte or Chief Moore’s office to say hello. I will always remember him with a smile, as he was always very kind to me. Prayers for his family.
I have many fond memories, teaching with Woody. My condolences to your family during this time of sorrow.
Hugs and love Jessica to you and your entire family during this time.
Jessica – Thoughts, prayers, and love to you & your family during this time and I although I didn’t know your father, I am very grateful for his service to our country in support of our freedom and his continued service to his community. God Bless America!
I’m so sorry for your loss Jessica. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Very fond memories of my 1st EMT partner and mentor in Cochise County,AZ…working for Gordon Burch at Burch Ambulance service…circa 1974?? RIP Woody
Marianna and family, I have been praying nightly for Woody and you. I remember so many things that we did together at work. He made me a better human being. Even though I have not seen him in many years, it is like my other older brother has left this earth. May you find peace remembering his love for you.
Can’t believe this sad news. Woody was supposed h a wonderful person and was so good to me during my time working for the military in Munich in the early 79s. He and Marianne took me ski-ing, camping and so much more. They were the best friends a girl could have. So sorry for your loss Marianne. Although I never met you Nathan and Jessica I k ow you have lost the best Dad a kid could have. Take care of eachother at this sad time. I will be thinking of you all.
Can’t believe this sad news. Woody was such a wonderful person and was so good to me during my time working for the military in Munich in the early 70s.. He and Marianne took me ski-ing, camping and so much more. They were the best friends a girl could have. So sorry for your loss Marianne. Although I never met you Nathan and Jessica I know you have lost the best Dad a kid could have. Take care of eachother at this sad time. I will be thinking of you all.
A great man has left the earth to join the angels of EMS.
My name is Michele. I am very sorry for your loss. I know that it hurts very much. I just met Woody a short while ago while visiting him with his baby sister Jeannette. The first day we visited was so cute. They hugged and hugged…. lots of tears flowing. I know that he was not really able to talk much, but you could see the happiness in his eyes. We visited for three other days. It was very touching to see how much love was there between them. He did much better on the other visits. He kissed his sister several times and talked with her as much as he could. It ment very much to both of them. He is truely a special person and you could see the love and happiness he had for his sister. On the last day Woody hugged me and kissed me. He held my hand and asked me to watch over his sister… I just cryed… He was a very special person, and will be missed. That visit with Woody really touched my heart.
Woody, I miss you even if you do call pedal, piedal.
Woody, I was so blessed to have worked with you for many years and not only call you a peer but a true friend. I now know thenlast time we had the pleasure to be togheter was at EMS World and I so enjoyed the exteneded visit where we told tales of the past. You were and still are one of the best I have worked with in my long career in the Fire/EMS service and for that I was blessed! My deepest thoughts and lrayers are with Marinna and you loving family. You made the word First Responder stand out with deep respect and I will miss you Sir as so many in Arizona, Texas and throught the nation. Gods Speed My Friend as you have done your job well on this earth!
Marianna, Jessica and Nathan you are in our thoughts and prayers! although we didn’t see each other often, I still remember the stories Aunt Peggy spoke about Chips and the times we were able to gather at family reunions and most importantly the hospitality you showed me while I was at Baylor and you were in the Dallas area. You made thanksgivings away from home that much easier. We love you all.
Dawn (Huse) Sowash
Sorry that you have left us, but glad for you to be free of the ailments of mortality. You had a great run, and the memories do bring up many smiles. You’ve left a considerable wake of love, caring and warmth behind you. Is there a greater tribute? Good thoughts for your family, who are awash in the bittersweet loss of your presence and memory.