EVERYONE'S A WINNER – An enthusiastic Tanner Ystad, age 6, carries a barbecue grill to his mom after choosing it as a prize during the Sitka Sportsman's Association's 64th Sitka Salmon Derby Awards Ceremony Thursday at Centennial Hall. Tanner's 19.1-pound salmon earned him 55th place in the derby. Derby fishers chose from 88 donated prizes in order of their derby rankings. This year 12-year-old Emmit Johnson won the derby with a 31.2-pound king. Emmitt received Alaska Airlines round-trip tickets and $4,000 cash for his catch. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

William Leonard “Lenny” Wood III

William Leonard “Lenny” Wood III

 

A memorial for William Leonard “Lenny” Wood III will be held 5 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the ANB Founders Hall.

A potluck will follow.

Lenny, who lived in Sitka much of his life, died Jan. 31 in Montana, at the  age of 46.

He was born Jan. 21, 1971, in Paoli, Pa., the son of Evelyn Jean and William Leonard Wood Jr. When he was age 4 and his mother had finished nursing school, the family returned to Sitka. He was a member of the Sitka High Class of 1989, and over the years worked for Union 76, Aurora Office Supply, and at the Channel Club, where he held several positions, including as a cook and also as a DJ – he loved music, especially 1980s bands.

He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Lenny  was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Jean Wood, and three infant children, Jason Eli Wood, Matthew Walter Wood and Jason Eli Wood.

 

He is survived by his partner, Kristin Nelson; children Carmen Sunshine, Christopher Harry Joseph, Cedar Autumn, William Ian Wood, Arthur Michael Wood, Charity Raven Rose Wood, Jennifer Elizabeth Wood, and Jason Elijah Wood; his father, William Leonard Wood Jr. of Colorado; sister  Joy Wood and niece Hali Bren Wood, both of Sitka; nephew Johnathan North Wood of Boston; and numerous cousins.

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