Dorothy Wood Bates

This is the obituary for Dorothy’s father.

Leeds, Utah – Blaine “D” Wood, 89, passed away on Thursday, 7 June 2018 after a long journey with Alzheimer’s disease.  Blaine, or “Beaner” as his friends and family called him, was well known in the St. George area as a respected businessman and entrepreneur.  He managed the old Premium Oil service station on Bluff Street and was involved in a number of other local businesses including: Dixie Amusement and Vending Co., Red Hills Distributing Co., and Tropic Ice Co.  Throughout his career, he employed many people and he always strove to be a fair and understanding boss.

Blaine was born 11 Jan. 1929 to Amos Benoni and Sarah Ann Durfey Wood.  He was the youngest of eight children all raised in Spanish Fork. It was there in Spanish Fork that he met and married his soulmate Mary Vivian Grover on 3 Feb. 1950.  They were later sealed in the St. George Temple on 15 June 1965. Together they raised four children, a daughter and three sons. He was deeply loved and respected as he taught his family to be honest and kind, to work hard and to play hard.

Blaine enjoyed flying and was one of the first commercial pilots in the St. George area.  At one time he was employed by the Hollywood movie makers to fly daily cuts of film to Las Vegas for processing.  He was instrumental in starting the local squadron for the Utah Civil Air Patrol and worked hard at organizing air-search efforts for the community when called upon by local authorities.

He also enjoyed riding 4-wheelers and snowmobiles near his cabin on Kolob mountain and spending time at his little beach house near San Felipe, Mexico.

Blaine is survived by his devoted wife and best friend, Mary, of Leeds, Utah; daughter, Dorothy Bates, and son: Lyle (Lori) Gary (Kathy), Dean (Allyson); 21 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren , one great-great-grandson; brother, Jay D Wood (Glenda) and a brother-in-law, Arthur Slater.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Fere (Leah) Wood, Derb (Bernice) Wood, Chick (Lynn) Ludlow, Athene (Arthur) Slater, Deb and Betty Wood, Kenneth D Wood; and grandson, “L” Brant Wood.

Funeral services will be held Monday, 11 June 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the Leeds L.D.S. Chapel, 75 North Main Street, Leeds, Utah. Visitations will be held Sunday, June 10th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 West St. George Blvd and prior to service, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church.   Interment will take place at a future date in the Kolob Mountain Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the Home Instead Senior Care staff and the Rocky Mountain Hospice caregivers for bringing understanding and compassion in this tender time.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America,  to help fund research to cure this debilitating disease.