Dee R. Woodland died on May 21, 2020 in Boise, Idaho.
He was born on June 22, 1937 and raised by Richard and Ivy
Woodland in Inkom, Idaho. He was adored and at times tolerated by his three
sisters – Olive, Doreen, and Gayla.
teased his youngest sister, Gayla, relentlessly. He was known for his shenanigans
and often colorful language. Eventually,
he became Uncle Dee to many nieces and nephews. Fun times and memories were
guaranteed with Crazy Uncle Dee!
Dee spent much of his youth hunting and fishing in the Idaho
He had explored the area with
his horse, Midge and his dog, Bob. His prized possession was a .22 riffle laid
across his lap one Christmas morning by his father.
On September 2, 1960, he married Carla Faye Cope.
He immediately became the favorite
brother-in-law and uncle in her family.
shared many adventures during their 29 years together beginning in Idaho, landing
in California, and back to Idaho. It goes without saying they worked hard
together building a life for their family and making memories with their
children, R.Dee and Rhonda.
up at their elementary school every Halloween dressed as The Great Pumpkin! He
loved coaching R.Dee in Little League and youth sports and enjoyed when both
kids competed in athletics. He never missed a game! Not one! He and R. Dee loved
shooting pool, and it killed him when R.Dee started winning their fiery games.
He is partially credited for Rhonda’s love of
Disney after finding her the biggest Minnie he could buy on their first visit
to Disneyland in 1974. He was always proud of his Sis!
Among his greatest joys, were his grandchildren.
He was quick to load Carington and Randee
Woodland in his truck and find trouble.
They spent hours pounding nails into boards and following Grandpa around
getting dirty from head to toe.
his sweet Morgan stole his heart. Oh, how he loved her and she him.
She must have beaten him a thousand times at their
favorite card game Thirty-One.
Dee was a friend to all in Pocatello. You couldn’t go to a
restaurant without several people stopping by the table to say hello or give
him a hard time.
He proudly represented
the Bourbon Barrel in the pool and horseshoe leagues and played a mean game of
Pinnacle. He was a competitor in the SE Idaho Senior Games for several years.
It was with great sadness when his health
slowed him down, and he hung up his horseshoes and pool stick.
Of course, he remained a loyal, die-hard
In October 2017, he relocated to Meridian, Idaho to be
closer to his daughter, Rhonda and her husband, Kevin.
He convinced Kevin to load his old truck on a
flat bed and drag it along.
record, it still runs with over 260,000 miles on it!
These final three years of his life he was
surrounded and cared for by his family. He loved the drop-in visits with
milkshakes and cheeseburgers. He attended dance competitions and every family
event and holiday celebration.
known as Papa Dee to his two great-grandsons, Jaymison and Ryder Woodland.
To sweeten the deal, R.Dee and his wife,
Mikell, also moved to the area in 2019.
fair to say these were some of his best times!
He is survived by his sister, Gayla Cormay, his son, R.Dee
Woodland (Mikell), his daughter, Rhonda McDonough (Kevin), grandchildren
Carington, Randee, Kolton, Morgan, and great-grandsons, Jaymison and Ryder plus
his many nephews and nieces.
Dee will be celebrated at a graveside service on June 20 at 12:00
PM at the Inkom, Idaho Cemetery.
be followed by a gathering at Skyline Park in Inkom including a Horseshoe
Tournament in his honor.