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1-7-22, Michael David Wood, 78

Michael David Wood was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, on June 27, 1943. He died at age 78, on January 7, 2022, at his home in Ojai, California of natural causes.

Michael was the eldest son of Harold David Wood and Dorothy O’Connor Wood, both of central New York.

Michael grew up living on or near U.S. Naval bases, where his father was stationed as a Navy pilot, moving every few years to such places as

Pensacola, Florida, Toms River, New Jersey, Coronado, California, and Honolulu, Hawaii. As a child, he loved reading, baseball, his many pets, and the adventures of growing up in a big family.

He graduated from Escambia High School in Pensacola, Florida, and attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Hoping to follow in his father’s footsteps, Michael applied to join the Navy, but was rejected because of a high school leg injury.

After a brief first marriage, and working in construction in Washington, D.C. for several years, he moved to California in 1971, living in Santa Barbara,

Isla Vista, and Carpinteria. Michael loved the outdoors, and lived for a time on Yogi Haeckel’s property on San Marcos Pass, and later, in a

homemade tepee built on a large wooden platform in the Santa Ynez Mountains, riding his bike down to the beaches, and working in carpentry and house painting.

Michael and Carolyn Kadota married in 1975, and together, had two sons who grew up surrounded by the support and love of their parents,

and the extended Kadota family. Michael was an avid plantsman and curated a vast collection of potted plants wherever he lived.

When not tending to his plant collection, Michael could mostly be found reading and keeping up with current events in newspapers, television, and magazines.

While Michael seemed quite content to live a fairly private lifestyle these last years, he enjoyed and had wonderful relationships with his neighbors and friends in Ojai,

and his former sister-in-law, Marian Kadota. He loved his sons Mateo and Nate, and his many siblings, nieces, and nephews. Michael was soft-spoken, kind, and engaging, and those who knew him miss him dearly.

Michael was predeceased by his parents; brother, Mark Wood; sister, Dorothy (Gaylen) Schaubroeck; and brother-in-law, Michael Davis.

He is survived by sons Mateo Wood of Isla Vista and Nathan (Emily Hansen) Wood of Carpinteria; grandson, Jacob Wood; siblings,

Peter (Joan) Wood, Mary Thomas, John Wood, Christine Davis, Thomas (Jami) Wood, Barbara (Raymond) Guerin,

Andrew (Virginia) Wood, and Ann (William) Ratcliff; and loving cousins, nieces, and nephews.

There will be a private celebration with family at a later date.

Obit Wood photo

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