Charles Wood, 1934 ~ 2012

Charles (Charlie) Ebert Wood, born Feb. 10, 1934, passed away June 20, 2012.

Charlie was an expert whitewater rafter, open-canoeist, and kayaker. He was also a fine golfer. He enjoyed introducing friends to the fun of river-running.

Of all the many rivers he had run, Desolation Canyon was his favorite. He often said that it should be called “magnificent,” because it was. He also liked to camp along the Colorado after the Westwater take-out. In his later years, the Moab Golf Club became a second home.

He was a wonderful husband and father, and will be dearly missed by his wife, Marcia, son, Stephen C. Wood, northern California; daughter, Diane Wood Gonzales (Sal), Redding, Calif.; son, Eric O. Yeackel, Perris, Calif.; daughter, Karen Yeackel Miller (Ric), Placerville, Calif.; brother, Mosco Pennington (Kathy), Redding, Calif.; sister, Janice Pennington Katzenbarger, Redding, Calif.; sister, Paula Pennington, Chelsea, Okla.; five granddaughters, and two great-grandsons.

The family would like to express its profound gratitude to Dr. Ken Williams for his long­time compassionate care; to Grand County Hospice, Tracy Harris, director; nurses, Casey Heam and Deb Truman for Charlie’s marvelous care; and also aide, Vesta Higgs; Matt Bedford; and volunteers, Gerrish Willis and Shannon Scherer.

Many thanks also to dear friends Dirk Johnson, Fred and Linda Powell, Dave and Marilyn Stolfa, Fr. Dave and Mel Sakrison of St. Francis Church. Thanks also to many others, including Rob and Nick of the Moab Golf Club.

Friends are invited to a celebration of Charlie’s life at the Moab Brewery, patio room, on Saturday, June 30, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Donations may be made to the Moab Golf Club, the Humane Society of Moab Valley, or to a charity of your choice.

See you on the river, Charlie!