David Griffiths Wood

David Griffiths Wood
Mar. 1, 1931 ~ Nov. 26, 2012

David Griffiths Wood died Nov. 26, 2012, in Palm Desert, Calif., a short time after suffering a massive stroke. His step-children, Sarah Farrar, John Tjossem and Martha Tjossem were with him during his final days. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary L. Wood, and his brother Raymond Perry Wood II, MD – both within the past 16 months – and his step-son David Tjossem.  His own health declined over that time but he was still actively working as Chairman of the Board at the Citizens State Bank and President of the Harry A. Lowe Agency until leaving for California about a week before his trauma.   In addition to his step-children he is survived by grandchildren, Andrew Farrar, Brian and Mary Sweeney, Hannah and Jeremiah Tjossem and their parents Drew and Barb Cleland, daughter-in-law Margaret Tjossem and various cousins in both Colorado and California.
Dave was born in Whittier, Calif., on Mar. 1, 1931, the first son of Blossom Griffiths Wood and Raymond Perry Wood. The Wood family returned to Colorado, where they lived in Canon City, Gunnison and Grand Junction.  Dave attended Grand Junction High School and then the University of Colorado at Boulder where in 1953 he earned a B.A. degree in Business.  He then served two years in the Army after which he attended law school at the University of Colorado.
During the summer of 1949 he worked as an usher at the Central City Opera and came to truly love opera and continued to enjoy annual trips to both Central City and the Sante Fe Operas.  He was interested and knowledgeable about the history of Western Colorado, the mining and ranching industries and knew the business of the area and the people who settled it.
In 1956 Dave was employed at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as an Assistant Bank Examiner working in the States of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Dave resigned from the FDIC in 1961 and moved to Ouray, where he went to work for the Citizens State Bank of Ouray.  At the time he lived in the little square house behind Al’s Service Station. Over the years he served in various officer positions and ultimately acquired control of the bank with the departure of Harry and Margo Lowe. Over the span of his 51-year career at Citizens State Bank, Dave’s dedication, commitment and generosity to his family, employees and the community was felt and appreciated.
Dave and Mary L. Smalley Tjossem married on Nov. 27, 1976, at Mary’s home on Oak Street. They lived in the apartment over the bank while the old Franz home they bought on 4th Street was renovated. They moved into that home in 1981 and it remained their home until their respective deaths. They enjoyed entertaining both friends and family in the warm, elegant and generous style for which they will be remembered. Dave enjoyed the arts, music, travelling and cooking. He was a fabulous cook and a founding member of a fraternal cooking club of friends, established for the sole purpose of enjoying great cuisine and travelling the world to find it. Dave and Mary both loved and supported the Artists Alpine Holiday annual art show and were honored for lifetime support.  He worked on many committees, supporting the beautification of Ouray and many cultural organizations events. His generous support to so many local groups and actions will be remembered.
He enjoyed Jeeping in the high country of Colorado and spending time fishing and relaxing at his family’s century old “camp” on the Taylor River near Almont, Colo. He appreciated 19th century furniture and renovated the bank with integrity to its original period and design. He loved interior design, renovating and furnishing the Benson Building in Silverton plus the home on 4th Street in Ouray.
He was an astute money manager, reading the Wall Street Journal and watching the Nightly Business Report, keeping up with the stock market daily.  He never lost interest or knowledge in current economic conditions and was constantly evaluating and monitoring investments, hoping to teach his family and customers good investment and money management practices.
Dave’s influence reached deeply into the community and he will be missed.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. at the Ouray Community Center, San Juan Room.
Contributions to the David G. Wood Memorial Fund may be made at the Citizens State Bank of Ouray. The Fund will support charities he supported in his lifetime.