Jack Allen Woods was born on January 28, 1957 in Kingman, Arizona, to Marvel Garnett (known as Jack) Woods and Betty Mae (nee Wilkins) Woods, and died on February 11, 2017, in Kent, Washington. Jack's dad was well respected as a pipeline welder, so Jack's early years were spent moving around the country, sometimes multiple times a year, as the family followed his dad to different job sites where pipeline welders were needed. At each new location, Jack would insist that his mother take him to see whatever historical sites were near their new residence, the beginnings of a lifelong love of history that he later passed on to his sons. When his dad retired, the family settled in Iola, Kansas, where Jack finished his junior and senior high school years. After attending Allen County Community College on a scholarship for one year, Jack transferred to the University of Tulsa to complete his Bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics. During that time, he started dating his assigned lab partner, Carolyn Reis, and they were married shortly after graduation. Jack and Carolyn moved to California, then Massachusetts, and finally Washington, as their engineering careers led them to new jobs. Along the way, Jack earned a professional Mechanical Engineer's license from the state of California and a Master's degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University, holds a number of patents (one of which earned a Special Invention Award from Boeing), attained Associate Technical Fellow status at Boeing, and was known internationally for his work in resin infusion. To him, however, all of his own technical achievements paled in the pride he had in his two sons, Samuel and Benjamin. Jack was looking forward to attending their graduations this spring from American University and Kent-Meridian High School, respectively.
Jack is survived by his wife Carolyn and his sons Samuel and Benjamin of Kent, Washington; his sister Sharon Gill of Scottsdale, Arizona; his nephew David Gill (Donna) of Plano, Texas; and his niece Deborah Conti (Aaron) of Scottsdale, Arizona; as well as his mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews on Carolyn's side of the family. He was predeceased by his parents and many beloved aunts and uncles.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to one of Jack's favorite charities:
The Carter Center
Glaucoma Research Foundation
American Civil Liberties Union
Habitat for Humanity
Center for National Independence in Politics (based in Montana)
World Wildlife Fund
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