Walter Warren Woods
June 5, 1930 – February 12, 2021
A rare, cool summer breeze drifted through the dry, dusky plains of North Eastern New Mexico on June 5, 1930, when Walter Warren “Woody” Woods made his earthly debut in the small town of Clayton.
After surviving the infamous Dust Bowls of 1937, the family made their way to Albuquerque, where Woody matriculated through the local schools and became a 4-year football and track letterman at Albuquerque High. He spent summers back at the Kitts family property in Clayton, where he worked the ranch and rode the regional rodeo circuit, bull riding under the alias "Don Pomroy". After gaining valuable experience as a smoke jumper for the forest service in Idaho and serving his country in the U.S. Army, Woody enrolled at the University of New Mexico where he earned a degree in Biology Education. He became a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and both his sons and one grandson followed that path after him. A fateful blind date with campus beauty queen, Lucy Krueger, was parlayed into a romantic life partnership that lasted over 67 years. The results: 3 subsequent generations of Woods; 4 kids, 9 grand kids, and soon, 9 greatgrands; all listed below.
Following a brief tenure as a high school biology teacher, Woody realized his occupational destiny in the real estate and building industry, first building tract homes in the 60’s, then ever larger custom homes in the 70’s and eventually building offices and apartments in Albuquerque with several key associates. The Woods crew became regulars on the NM and Colorado ski slopes, eventually building a condo project at Taos Ski Valley in the early 80’s. They enjoyed many close relationships that centered around skiing and festive outdoor activities during all seasons. The most fearless of those participants were indoctrinated into the hallowed, spiritual environs of the Order of the Taos Periff, where Woody served as the ultimate authority.
Aside from being considered ski-run royalty, Woody and Lucy were active sportsters and adventurers. Spirited tennis sessions at the Tennis Club of Albuquerque were the norm, as were frequent cross-country bicycle excursions through France, Italy and other European countries. Skilled sailors, they explored the Caribbean and southern California coast. They skippered a series of sailboats in Dana Point for two decades, developing and cultivating close friendships there. Woody’s love of cooking started early in his life, initially taught by his mother, Oma (Nonie to most of us). Family recipes, along with European cooking techniques that he picked up on his bicycle trips, evolved into bountiful, gourmet classics, which were anticipated and enjoyed by all. Native New Mexican dishes, with a classical French touch, were his specialty. He was particularly fond of experimenting with new techniques and observing the expressions of out-of-area guests as they encountered a spicy surprise. Woody felt that preparing meals together enhanced relationships. He enthusiastically shared his cooking skills, which solidified connections with the younger generations and long-time friends. Earlier this year, with the help of talented relatives in Dallas, he was able to preserve this legacy when he published a cookbook, which included 10 of his favorite recipes. Those recipes are already inspiring younger Woods generations to carry on his traditions.
Warren Woods joined his wife, Lucy, in Heaven on Friday, February 12, 2021. He was extremely loved and respected by his family and friends. We will forever miss his kind heart, valuable teachings, keen humor and genuine interest in others. In addition to a wealth of extended family members and close friends, Woody is survived by his children: Dr. Mike Woods (Melissa), Janice Woods, Rusty Woods (Marceen), and Cindy Lewis (Mitch); grandchildren: Eric Woods (Courtney), Adam Woods (Hilary), Sara Puharich (Michael), Natalie Frank (Marcus), Ryan Woods (Dr. Hayley), Morgan Woods (Artie), Madi Woods, Dr. Taylor Lewis (Erin) and Riley Hill (Austin); great-grandchildren: Mason, Colin, Kate, Zoey, Sierra, Braylena, Bodhi, Lucy and one more in-process (Bowie); his loving sister Wendy Woods Meyers; nephews: Ken (Lisa) Woods, Jim (Yvonne) Woods, Scott Sandlin, Rusty (Vanessa) Sandlin, Ray Selvy (Mary), Dan Selvy, Jim Selvy (Debi), Bernita Curry and Chuck Selvy.
Services will be held in Albuquerque at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to: Baylor Scott and White Hospital Foundation (DallasFoundation.BSWHealth.com), American Heart Association (heart.org), Café Momentum (cafemomentum.org) or the charity of your choice.
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Walter Warren Woods
March 2, 2021
Woody was a great father-in-law and even better friend. i can reflect back on so many memories of the experiences we shared in new mexico, texas and the cali coast.
i remember barreling down a run at taos, thinking i was really hauling a** , and Woody blew by me like richard petty on skiis. with the exception of dropping a sure touchdown pass at a family football game in the mid-80s, he seemed to excell at everything he did.
Woody generously shared his experience and talents with all of us and i will miss him mightily.
love to Woody and Loose,
March 1, 2021
Warren and Lucy were dear family friends. They hosted my family in Taos, their home, sailboat. When they would visit my foljs in La Jolla woody would cook and make a huge mess that we always gave him a hard time about. Tho the meal was worth it!!!I spoke with him on the phone a week or so before he passed. I told him the blicks love him and how special he and Lucy are to us!!
My heart goes out to his family... so hard to know both he and Lucy aren’t with us. But they are together now and are continuing their sweet love affair.
February 28, 2021
David and I loved the times we spent with Woody and Lucy, from parties around the pool on Cobblers, fun in Albuquerque, and our visit to the slopes in Taos, we had a lot of good times! They will both be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Hugs to you all with love.
February 28, 2021
You were one in a million! The life lessons you taught me will carry on for generations. Your zest for life was so contagious. I loved when would run errands and sit down for lunch and laugh!! You were an amazing role model for our family.
Thank you so much for all of the gifts you so freely shared. I’m going to miss you more than you will ever know.
I love you Woody,
February 27, 2021
Lots of people are happy that you are up in heaven, probably taking a run down some ski slope with your bride...I’m sure they must have skiing in Heaven. Or maybe you are close up against the wind on a 42 ft sloop with your first mate tending the jib sheet....I’m sure there is sailing in Heaven. Or maybe you are cooking some biscuits for Nonie to critique....Surely there’s cooking in Heaven. Say hello to all the Kitts and Woods up there for us.
Love you and miss you...Number one son. 😘😘