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Don Eugene Woods

January 30, 1957 - July 2, 2016
Service
Grove Lawn Cemetery
537 N Pendleton Ave
Pendleton, IN 46064
(765) 778-2173 | Map
Tuesday 7/2, 11:00 am

Carmel, Indiana- Don Eugene Woods, 59, was born on January 30, 1957, and grew up in Pendleton, Indiana. He passed away unexpectedly at home on July 2, 2016. Don graduated from Pendleton Heights High School and Purdue University. Don was a founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Information Officer for Polaris Laboratories, LLC, aContinue Reading

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charlie rusty burk left a message on July 22, 2016:
sorry for your loos a great man always had time to answer question, and a very good tearcher
Jerry Grayson left a message on July 22, 2016:
Dear Alex and Woods family. I am so sorry for the sudden loss of your father and husband. I so enjoyed working with Alex in grades 7 and 8. I was particularly pleased with her artistic progress in MS Advanced Acting class. I just retired from Park Tudor in June after teaching there for 31 years, so I will miss seeing several students this next year. Chief among those I will miss is Alex. I so enjoyed seeing her smiling face in the halls. Again, please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. I wish you peace and love as you grieve and begin to rebuild your lives. All my best. Jerry Grayson, retired Park Tudor School Theatre Director.
Susan Kindig & Frank Kasper left a message on July 22, 2016:
Jennifer - Our whole family was together on vacation when Frank read the news from the golf buddies that Don had unexpectedly passed. We were all shocked and saddened and know this will be a difficult time for you all. I know Frank and the entire group of golfers will miss him. Please know that you and the girls will be in our thoughts and prayers.
The Bisbecos Family left a message on July 22, 2016:
There are few people who, even if they lived to be 100, would have accomplished as much or been as loved by as many as Don did in his 59 years. His memory will live on in the hearts of all those he touched along the way.
Brenda Miyamoto left a message on July 22, 2016:
Dear Woods Family, Our family wants to extend to you our deepest condolences. We did not know Mr Woods personally, but our daughter, Alexandra, attends Park Tudor with Alex. We are so very sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, The Miyamoto Family
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Bret and Mary Swinford left a message on July 22, 2016:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.
Julie Clark-Schilling left a message on July 22, 2016:
I am so sorry for this sudden loss in Don's families lives. Don hired me at Lubricon Consultants back in 1982 right after I had graduated high school. He "took a chance" on me and I am so grateful to him for that chance to work with such talent and integrity as he had. He taught me a lot over the 17 yrs+ that I worked with him. He was a very kind spirited, caring, trustworthy, honest & hardworking man and I appreciate the opportunity to of known him.
Hardgrove & Newlin Family left a message on July 22, 2016:
I don't know the family personally, but my son Grant is a classmate of Alex's at Park Tudor. I'm very sorry for your loss. Mr. Woods sounds like he was a lovely person and a great father and husband. I wish you peace and strength in the coming weeks.
Jim Curtis left a message on July 11, 2016:

I knew Don mainly through backgammon. He probably had an advantage over me, but my recollection is that we competed fiercely for years. It was common knowledge that Don was intense in all endeavors.

The date escapes me, but I remember when Don tried to casually mention he was dating a girl named Jennifer. Don was well versed in controlling his emotions, but not on this subject. He could hardly mention her name without blushing like a teenager in love. I didn't know what angel dust this woman possessed, but I suspected it portended a happy future.

I only saw Don occasionally after backgammon took a backseat to more important concerns. We would talk about old friends, business, and family, mostly his family. Jennifer and Don became parents of twin girls. In showing the pictures, Don's chest would swell more than anytime he ever won a competition.

Don was a friend and a good guy. We all mourn the loss of such individuals. My favorite memory of Don was watching this intensive, successful man find a new tangent in his life that he never knew existed. As usual, Don tried to control it, but finally conceded the situation overwhelmed him. (Probably that feminine mystic again) Then his happiness grew from one to three.

In one sense, Don was like a young child who discovers there is a wonderful world out there, and he can be part of it. I have faith that this gift of love will be with Don in his journey thru the cosmos.

With sympathy for those he left behind, and joy for all that knew him.


Jim Curtis
Lisa Spells left a message on July 10, 2016:
Rest in Heaven. Condolences to your family.
Janice Gurvitz left a message on July 7, 2016:
i am so sad to hear this awful news! i played backgammon every week for years with this wonderful guy and he was always ready to help or teach me something! He was so smart and funny and special! My condolences to his family and loved ones!
Julie Clark-Schilling left a message on July 7, 2016:
I met Don right out of high school when he interviewed me for my first job at Lubricon. We worked together for 17 yrs and that was the best job I ever had! I also worked at Polaris part time for a few years. I learned many things from working with Don, but most of all I cherish just to of known such a good person as he was. Very loyal, caring and honest man who would do all he could to help anyone who asked. He worked many late nights and no matter what time of day/night it was, if we would call him for anything he always answered and would walk us thru what computer issue we had. I looked up to Don as he was so very smart and yet so down to earth he could carry on a good conversation about anything! His legacy will live on with his daughters whom he was very proud of. I am sorry for the loss of such a great father/husband/brother and friend to all. He will truly be missed on this earth. RIP "Woodsy"
Vicki Price left a message on July 7, 2016:
Don was an inspiration to me and my life! I loved his stories! He inspired me to learn how to play backgammon! I have a telescope because Don told me the times he would pitch a tent and lay on his back looking at the stars an planets all night through a hole in his tent. His high power RX7 got me wanting a race car after he took me for a ride! Awesome is all I could say!

I had not seen Don in many years but for the years I did work with him, he was THE smartest person I have ever known.

Working at Lubricon in Beech Grove, I made an error calculating as I thought the calculations were going right into the lab#'s but because of that error, Don corrected the computer process so we did not have to calculate then enter the calculations on the lab#'s again.

I truly hope your family can be comforted knowing that there was a lot of people that were inspired by a great man!

May you rest in peace Don!

Vicki P
Debi Garrett left a message on July 7, 2016:
So very sorry for you loss. Thinking of you and your daughters. An OILer
DiAnn Donahue left a message on July 6, 2016:
To Alex & her family,
I am so so sorry for your unbelievable loss. Meeting your Dad at the Friends conference was such a treat for me. What a dear man & Dad to be so involved with his family. Please know you are in our thoughts & prayers.
Always, DiAnn Donahue
Marie Doerr left a message on July 6, 2016:
Peace be with you and your family! So sorry for your loss!!
Elizabeth O'Neil-Nelson left a message on July 6, 2016:
Jennifer, Alex and Sam,

Larry, Sharon, Tori and I are deeply saddened by the passing of such a wonderful man/husband/father. I had the privilage of working with him for almost 10 years. Don always had an open door policy and usually when we were done talking business he would share with me what you girls were doing in school or for fun.

A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Don had a tremendous impact on so many people.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Don will be forever remembered and forever missed.

Larry and Elizabeth Nelson
Mary Guernsey left a message on July 6, 2016:
Jen and girls -- I am so sorry about the loss of your beloved husband and father. Know that I hold you in my thoughts and prayers.
Katie Culp left a message on July 5, 2016:
Jennifer, Alex and Sam,
Joe and I were deeply saddened to hear of Don's passing. The four of you always struck me as a truly wonderful family who actually enjoyed spending time with one another. Even as the girls aged, the 4 of you seemed like such a close-knit family.

Don had an incredible impact on Joe as a mentor and friend. He had an enormous amount of respect and admiration for Don. When Joe left POLARIS the hardest part for him was telling Don that he was leaving.

Don was so kind and intelligent and fair and your family is in our family's thoughts and prayers. May the closeness you share bring you some comfort during this horrible time.

In deepest sympathy,
Katie Culp
Mike Tomlin left a message on July 5, 2016:
Knew Don for close to 20yrs, played a lot of golf with him. He was a great guy to be around and always had a good story to tell. He will be missed by all of us.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Jerry Dugan left a message on July 5, 2016:
Our condolences and prayers to Jennifer, Alexandra and Samantha. I pllayed many a golf game with Don over the years. What a great guy. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

Jerry and Carol Dugan
Dennis Mungle left a message on July 5, 2016:
Please accept our condolences on the passing of Don. It was an honor to have known such a great person and we will truly miss him. May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time. The CountryMark Team.
Susan Gilbert left a message on July 5, 2016:
Don was very patient with me during the time I worked at POLARIS Laboratories with my endless questions. I loved heading to his office to ask questions and he would drop anything he was doing to help me. Jennifer, you and the girls are in our thoughts and prayers and are here for anything you may need. I loved his passion for everything in life and his endless thirst for knowledge.

He was so proud of you and the girls and would light up when asked how you all were doing. A funny story that always comes to mind is the day you lost your car keys and finally found him. He kept going on and on about the missing keys and was giggling when they were discovered.

A true scholar, gentleman, and mentor to many...

Susan Gilbert
Ed Bowling left a message on July 4, 2016:
I knew Don through our Stoney Golf Group. He was always a great competitor and enjoyed the commraderie. We will miss him.
Lynn & Cris Shortt left a message on July 4, 2016:
Our deepest sympathies to Jennifer, Alexandra, and Samantha during this difficult time.
Cris and I had the honor of working with Don at POLARIS. One of Cris' fondest memories was in the early days of POLARIS. Don would call Cris into his office to just have their own down time. Don had a very positive impact on Cris' life and Cris is forever thankful to the mentor and friend Don was to him.
When I first started working at POLARIS I remember Don making a point to stop by and say hi. Don was also there to heLo "stir the pot" in regards to teasing Cris that he would come tell me if "Cris misbehaved in the lab".
However, the memory that stands out for me was very recent. Upon hearing that I was in the office that morning (I'm currently out on intermittent leave) Don made a point to stop by my desk to "check up on me". He wanted to make sure that I knew he and his family were thinking of us and that his door was always open should I just need to talk.
His sincerity and genuine concern are much appreciated by Cris and myself.
Thank you Jennifer, Alexandra, and Samantha for sharing your husband/dad with us all. He touched so many lives with his generosity and caring --he will be truly missed.
Luis Galindo left a message on July 4, 2016:
Really sorry for Dons news, my condolences to his family. I knew him 5 years ago when he, together with POLARIS partners, accepted the offer to open a laboratory in Guatemala. It was great working with him, always looking for something better, always glad to help and Always finding a smart solution to eveything.

We share some moments on our visits to Indianapolis so not only one of the bests professionals the Oil fluids industry ever have, but a great human being. Someone you may talk for hours and enjoy the conversation.

Everyone who knows Don are going to miss him. May the lord give peace, resignation to his family and Don rest in his Glory.
Dave Robbins left a message on July 4, 2016:
Over 20 years of golf together, you will be sorely missed. Don was the most competitive and honest guy I ever met.
Doug Wieten left a message on July 4, 2016:
To Jennifer, the girls and extended Woods family,

I am very sorry for your loss.

Don and I worked together for about 8 years at POLARIS. He was a great boss and a wonderful friend. His honesty, integrity, emotional intelligence and positive outlook were a rare and wonderful combination of gifts.

I will greatly miss my evening chats with Don after the business of the day was over. We spent a number of evenings talking of business, computer code, chess, golf, tennis, vegetarian diets, etc. Don always had a fun story that would make me laugh. However, his favorite topic by far was his family. He loved to tell me about his girls and what they were doing and he also very much enjoyed the Woods family gatherings, which we would discuss before and after they occurred. He was very proud of his family.

He was a kind and wonderful soul and I will miss him. I will cherish my memories of my chats with Don and smile when I think of his stories.

Doug
Marcelo Morales left a message on July 4, 2016:
My deepest condolences to Don's wife and daughters. May the Lord comfort them in this difficult time. He was one of the truly best as a professional but even better as a person and friend.
Rest in peace Don.
St. Pierre Family left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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