Richard Thomas Wood II, 77, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.


He was born Nov. 1, 1942, in Long Beach, Calif. He grew up in the Westchester area of Los Angeles and as the son of a Hughes Aviation engineer, he had the unique opportunity to witness the one and only flight of the infamous Spruce Goose. He graduated Westchester High, UCLA, and the University of San Diego Law School, cum laude.


He married Barbara Jane Cox in 1964. He was the first ever law clerk for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, and upon graduation was a Deputy District Attorney. Later, he moved into private practice with Feist, Vetter, Knauf and Loy in Oceanside. In 1974, he opened his own private practice in Carlsbad, California, and specialized in wills, trusts, probates and property law.


He was active in the Carlsbad community spending many years in Rotary International starting the Carlsbad Educational Foundation and volunteering as Judge pro tem with the San Diego County Court. He was faithfully devoted to Carlsbad Community Church, singing in his choir and serving on the church Board of Elders several times. He enjoyed to golf and played a weekly round for many years. Because of illness, he retired in 2012 and they later moved to Hays.


Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Hays; a son, Richard Thomas Wood III, daughter-in-law, Shawn Wood and grandson, Richard Thomas Wood IV, Cheney, Wash.; his granddaughter, Kaitlyn Renee Wood, Sacramento; a daughter, Katherine Anne Wolfe; a son-in-law, Charles Wolfe and his grandson, David Lewis Wolfe, Hays.


There will be a private family service at a later date.


Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.