The body of Richard “Woody” Wood, a longtime and popular figure at some of the northern Utah ski resorts, was recovered from the Ogden River Monday reports the Deseret News.
81-year old Wood’s body was recovered about 1:30 pm from the Ogden River. His car and some of his personal belongings were found earlier about a mile up river.
Heavy rescue teams from the Weber County, Ogden, and Riverdale fire departments participated in the rescue operation. His death was being treated as an accident.
“Richard was a very popular resident in the Ogden Valley as he worked many years for the Powder Mountain Ski Resort. At this time, it is unknown how Richard got into the swift-moving river,” according to a prepared statement from the sheriff’s office.
According to an article in Backcountry magazine, Wood was a longtime shuttle driver at Powder Mountain, and after retiring for a year went back to work driving a bus at Snowbasin Ski Resort. Wood’s daughter, Jennifer, was a competitive snowboarder and nearly made the Vancouver Olympics.
Snowbasin tweeted a short statement on Tuesday:
“We are saddened to hear of the passing of former Snowbasin and Powder Mountain bus driver Richard Wood. Our deepest condolences to the Wood family for their tragic loss.”