Paul Tod Woods, 72, of Springfield Idaho, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014, due to complications of Parkinson’s disease. He peacefully passed away while surrounded by his family.
Paul was born Sept. 21, 1941 in Fremont, Mich., to Melville Tod and Miriam Stewart Woods. He was raised in Michigan and graduated from high school in South Lyon, Mich. Following graduation he attended the University of Idaho, earning a bachelor’s degree in Forestry. While there, he met OraLee Sasser whom he later married on June 22, 1962 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Together, they lived in many places around the world while Paul served in the Air Force and later worked for Motorola’s International Division. While stationed in Hawaii with the Air Force, Paul completed several temporary duty missions in Vietnam and also completed his master’s degree in Business Management. Working for Motorola took Paul and his family to many places, including Beirut, Lebanon, where he sold communications equipment. After a time, he and OraLee relocated their family back to Idaho where they settled down on a small family farm.
Once in Idaho, Paul worked for Kirkham Auto Parts for a couple of years. He spent the remainder of his career working for Production Credit Association/Idaho Ag Credit before retiring due to Parkinson’s disease. Paul found his career in banking especially fulfilling. He enjoyed being able to contribute to the financial success of the local farming community.
Paul was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving faithfully as Scoutmaster, financial clerk, home teacher and Sunday School teacher.
Paul and OraLee solemnized their marriage in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on June 10, 1986.
In his free time, Paul enjoyed being outdoors with his family. They enjoyed sailing, hiking, camping and riding motorcycles & 4-wheelers. Pets also played an important role in Paul’s life.
He is survived by his wife, OraLee Woods, of Springfield; three sons, Lynn Tod (Brenda) Woods, of Springfield; Kenneth Blaine (Chavonne) Woods, of Rockwood, Tenn. and Matthew Stewart (Nichole) Woods of Chubbuck; one sister, Jo Ellen Ek, of Meridian, Idaho; 14 grandchildren and two great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Lakeview LDS Church. The family will meet with friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 9, 2014 at Hawker Funeral Home and again for one hour prior to service at the church.
Interment will be in the Springfield Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at: firstname.lastname@example.org.