Wallace Wood obituary (1938 – 2021) – 50 year old resident of Santa Cruz, California

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Wallace Dean Wood
1938 – 2021
50 year old resident of Santa Cruz

Wallace Wood was born in Texas to Clarence Wood and Jenetah Walker Wood on May 13, 1938 and died in Santa Cruz on December 16, 2021. He married on February 14, 1959 to Brenda Weedin, and the couple later divorced.
Wally graduated in journalism from San Jose State University and served in the military during the Vietnam War. Back in California, he worked for a few other newspapers before spending 17 years at the Santa Cruz Sentinel from which he retired.
A series of his own paper subdivisions won third place in an Associated Press competition for the little Sentinel statewide behind two LA Times writers. Wally’s love for words and poetry led him to join a local theater group at Cabrillo College. One of his favorite pieces is “Pajama Set”. His daughters remember being horrified by the fact that he drank raw eggs every morning to “get into a game”.
He had a passion for restoring and racing vintage cars – especially jaguars from junkyards. He worked under a car more often than in one – but his joy in bringing an old junker back to life was well worth it.
Wally enjoyed camping outside with the family or spending time at the beach, but never got into the habit of surfing despite inspiration from his friend Jack O’Neill. The only attempt to make your own surfboard left the back of the poorly sealed fiberglass a bit sore. After her retirement, Wally worked with the Nonviolence Resource Center, supporting women victims of domestic violence. Wally is survived by her siblings, Barbara Pierson of Fresno, CA, Mary Louise Rodrigues of Danville, CA and her brother Robert Wood of Indiana as well as her two daughters, Wendy Cowell of Santa Cruz and Kimberly Goldstein of WA. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and his beloved friend and caregiver Audrea Elliott.
Wally will rest with military honors at the Central California Coast Veterans Cemetery in Seaside, California.

See the Wallace Dean Wood online memorial

Posted by Santa Cruz Sentinel on January 2, 2022.


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