7/26/1933 ~ 10/25/2021
Max Dean Wood aged 88 passed away on October 25, 2021 at his home in Holden, Utah. Max was born July 26, 1933 in Holden, Utah to Harold Ashby Wood and Frances Leda Stevens Wood and was the fifth of six children. Max grew up in Holden and attended Holden Elementary and Millard High schools. After high school he furthered his education at BAC in Cedar City before serving a mission in California for the Church or Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Upon being released from his mission he was drafted into the US Navy during the Suez Canal crisis.
Max married Patricia Mae Clinton January 17, 1958 in the Los Angeles Temple. Together they raised five children mostly in Big Bear City, California where Max owned two gasoline stations, a gasoline bulk plant, and operated them under the Exxon brand. In 1977 the family moved to Cedar City, Utah where Max built a lovely home, but by 1980 a move was made back to his origins in Holden where he built another home for his family. He worked for Brush Wellman and also helped build the man camp for IPP in Delta. Later he purchased Wood’s Market in Holden becoming once again an independent businessman.
Max loved the outdoors and was an avid and successful hunter for many years. He hiked the mountains all around Holden and enjoyed the beauties that abounded there. He always gardened and went from small gardens in flowerbeds to his acre sized garden. He also always had an orchard. Max was fascinated by growing things and loved springtime when he could get outside and work.
Max had a strong testimony of the gospel and was always active in church, serving in many callings. When he returned to Holden, he was called on a service mission to build a home with two companions on the church farm in McCornick. He served three missions with his wife Pat, two full-time missions (Tennessee and Nauvoo) and a service mission running the Bishop’s Storehouse and Cannery in Fillmore. He was a good husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather setting a good example for his posterity.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Everett Wood, Harold Alan Wood, and Clair Wood; and grandson Jeff Ashby Wood. He is survived by his wife, children: David (Caralee) Wood, Holden; Craig (Lori) Wood, Orem; Debra (Mitch) Camp, Spanish Fork; Karen (Erick) Cox, Cedar City; James (Heather) Wood, Alton; 28 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren; sisters Renee Kunz, Bern, Idaho; and Edith (John) Jeffs, Caldwell, Idaho.
Much heartfelt gratitude goes to the Hospice team that have really been there for us this last two months. Their thoughtfulness and attentiveness made this time much easier.
Funeral services will be held at the Holden Ward Chapel on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. under the direction of Rasmussen Mortuary. A viewing will be held prior to the services from 11:00 -12:30. Interment in the Holden Cemetery.