In 1963 Woody drove the gas barge up Lake Powell to the newly
established Rainbow Bridge Marina in Forbidding Canyon. Woody always
told the story of the hellacious rain storm with lightning striking
all around the barge. He considered himself lucky to have made it
without blowing up the barge or Glen Canyon Dam! In the off-season
Woody took trips to Baja. Woody was the first manager of Rainbow
Bridge Marina for Art Greene, owner of Canyon Tours, and first concessionaire
on Lake Powell. In 1967 and 1968 Woody joined the National Park
Service as a seasonal ranger based out of Lees Ferry. The following
year, Woody became the Hatch warehouse manager for the 1969 season.
In 1970 Woody and Gaylord Staveley designed the first Canyoneers
Inc. pontoon rig. As a result of the frame design being made out
of trailer hitches, the boat “oozled” and snaked its
way down river. For extra added comfort for the boatman, the frame
was built with a steering wheel and a captains seat. Woody felt
very strongly about human waste being carried out of the canyon;
the boat was designed to carry a seventy-five gallon human waste
tank directly in front of the pilot's seat!
He met Sandra Jane Nevills at the Marble Canyon Trading Post and
married her in 1969. They chose Flagstaff as their home to raise
their children and moved there soon after, in 1970.
Woody's last river trip was the Old Timers trip in September
1994, made with his wife Sandra Jane and sister-in-law Joan Nevills
Staveley along with many other old time river runners.
My father will be greatly missed, my sincere hope and desire is
to become half the man and husband that he was.