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Colonel John Dalton Woods, USMC (Ret)

August 07, 1949 ~ January 09, 2021

John D. Woods, 71, passed away of natural causes on January 9, 2021, in Vero Beach, Florida. He was born August 7, 1949, in Shreveport, Louisiana to Helen Shaw Woods and Vernon Wooten Woods.

During his 29-years of distinguished service in the United States Marine Corps, John was dedicated to Corps and Country. He joined the Marine Corps in 1970 and earned his wings in 1977, a pilot of the A-6E Intruder for most of his career. He earned a number of personal decorations including the Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (with one gold star), Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, and Defense Superior Service Medal.

In 1999, John retired from the Marine Corps. His last assignment was Chief of Joint Interoperability Training at the U.S. Atlantic Command Joint Warfighting Center in Virginia.

He later worked as a Broker-Associate at Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc. in Vero Beach, FL, for thirteen years.  He brought leadership, integrity, and dedication to all aspects of his life.

Survivors include his wife, Sally Woods; her children, Kendall, Scott, and Ryan Doerr; siblings Susan Woods (Mike Seutter), and James Woods (Cyd Fox); nieces Alden and Ellie, and nephew Jack.

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Mark and Peggy Anderson

February 5, 2021, 7:18 pm

So sorry for your loss. In the very brief time we spent with John we were able to see what a special person he was. I know he will be greatly missed.

Dale Perron

February 7, 2021, 6:37 pm

Sally, I am sorry to read of John’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

MIla Carlson

February 7, 2021, 8:15 pm

Sally & Family,
John shall remain in our prayers, he fought the fight with integrity and courage. Our deepest condolences.
Eric, Mila & Gabriella Carlson


February 10, 2021, 5:05 pm

To the Sally Woods’ family; Best regards to you and your family with sympathy for your loss.
Ron Rennick family and staff.

Vici Nagel

February 16, 2021, 4:34 am

Dear Sally and Susan: I am so very sorry to learn of your loss! My heart breaks for you all. John was certainly a special person. I think of you and pray for you often. Vici Nagel

Ken Grzyb

April 7, 2021, 4:05 pm

My condolences to the Woods family. Had the pleasure and honor of working for at the time Major Woods in VMA (AW) 242. God speed and Semper Fidelis.

Tom Root GySgt USMC Retired

April 7, 2021, 5:15 pm

A Man known for his Integrity, and that Half Smile Solidly displayed constantly as in the pic above! I Served proudly alongside in 2 Commands in the USMC, and he Lead from the Front, and with Kindness and Care that was a rarity! He was Respected by ALL who ever knew him for more than 10 Seconds! I have nearly a decade of Memories Serving With him! Sorry of ALL our Loss who knew and Loved this Man! Till Valhalla, Colonel!

Barry Johnson

April 7, 2021, 11:54 pm

Was my AMO in VMA(aw)-121. Outstanding leader and pilot was a honor and privilege to know and serve with him.. To his family sorry for your loss.

Steve Sprout

April 8, 2021, 1:29 am

My deepest condolences to the family! Major Woods was the epitome of what an AMO in an aviation squadron should. He was a role model for all Marines and was a hell of an aviator! Rest In Peace Gambler, you are missed but will not be forgotten!

Thomas Teuscher

September 4, 2021, 11:26 pm

I served with the then Capt. Woods in VMA(AW)332 when he was the QAO. Great OIC and fine pilot. LtCol Valovich, when he was the CO of 242, told me that he was the best AMO he ever had in his command. Would loved to have met up with him Post retirement as I am in Orlando. So sad. Semper Fi sir.

Bob Weber, Major, USMC (Ret)

January 14, 2022, 8:10 pm

My sincere and deepest condolences to the family, friends, and shipmates that had the opportunity to serve with such a fine Marine. I had the pleasure of serving with “Gambler” in a couple of gun squadrons and enjoyed each a every mission with him whether it be a post maintenance check flight or a low level training run. Boy he could fly the hell out of the A-6! Rest easy my friend.

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