Wood, Conan T., Jr.
- Existence: 1919-2010
Conan T. Wood Jr. passed away in Oklahoma City, OK Dec 9, 2010. He was born to Conan T. Wood Sr. and Ella G. Wood in Houston, TX on May 23, 1919. Though he happened to be born in Houston, Mission was his hometown, where his father had grown up and his mother was Mission High School's first homecoming queen. While in high school, Conan played football, was a drummer in the band, and earned his Eagle Scout badge. After graduation in 1936, he enrolled at UT Austin, later graduating with a degree in business administration. In 1943 he entered the Army Air Corps and served proudly as a B-24 mechanic until the end of the war. He returned to Mission in 1947 to begin a long career in agriculture, first as a farmer and then working over 50 years with the Texas Plant and Soil Lab. Conan loved the Texas Longhorns, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Houston Astros. He was passionate about music. He sang at numerous weddings and other functions, and was a soloist at the Christian Science Church in Mission and McAllen for almost 50 years. He served a term as a board member of the Community Concerts Association and was very active in the Valley Civic Chorus. He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Gilkey, sons James, Brian, and Marc, 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.