President Wood was born in Monticello, Utah in 1909. He married LaVon (Sister Wood) in Salt Lake and together they raised two sons and a daughter in the Seattle, Washington area. President Wood served his entire life in the church. He was bishop of Queen Anne Ward in Seattle, later he served in the presidency of the North Seattle Stake, and together president and sister Wood served in the North-western States Mission. President Wood spent his life in real estate and investments. Sister Wood was a former school teacher and has served in ward and stake positions.
In July of 1969 the California South Mission was split into three missions, the California South Missions, the California East Mission, and the Arizona Mission; The First Presidency called President and Sister Wood to be the first Mission Presidents of the Arizona Mission. On the 6 of February, 1980, President Wood passed away leaving Sister Wood and three children and numerous grand children.