David Lee Wood died peacefully June 11, 2019, at home surrounded by family in Snowflake. He was born April 16, 1942, to Lee Rue Wood and Nellie Louis Shumway in Mesa.
Dave spent most of his school time in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua Mexico, where he was raised by his grandparents. In the summer he would return to Chama, New Mexico to be with his father and step mother Lee and Alice Wood and six other siblings. Dave met the love of his life, Bonnie Kay Wood while working construction in Snowflake. They were married Dec. 28, 1963 and have five children Clay, Casey, Julee, Ty and Dusty.
After 34 years, Dave retired from Abitibi Papermill in Snowflake. He then became a constable in Navajo County and was called upon all hours of the day and night to assist the police department used him for interrupting skills. Dave spoke Spanish fluently and had a love for the Mexican people. Dave and Bonnie always had visitors from Mexico. Dave spent lots of time helping those less fortunate, helping them in any situation they were in. They knew he was a true friend to their people.
Dave enjoyed cooking and catering for the last 40 years, where he was well known for beans, BBQ and Mexican food. He and his family fed many weddings, reunions, community special events and various other venues. Dave also spent time with his children raising livestock, going to sporting events, rodeos, gardening. Dave was a firm believer in responsibility and accountability, so he made sure he taught his children responsibility and how to work.
Dave is survived by his wife, Bonnie; five children, 24 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, Alice Wood, one brother and four sisters.
He was preceded in death by one sister.
A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at Silver Creek Mortuary in Taylor with funeral services Monday, June 17, viewing at 10 a.m. and funeral following at 11 a.m. in the Centennial Stake Center in Snowflake. Interment will be at the Mike "RV" Ramsey Cemetery in Snowflake.