We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Nampa Funeral Home Yraguen Chapel
William (Bill) Walter Hood
"How lucky we are to have someone in our lives that makes saying goodbye this hard".
William (Bill) Hood, 88, passed away on November 22, 2021, in Nampa, ID.
Bill was born in Sartell, Minnesota on November 14, 1933, to Vincent and Evelyn Hood, the second of five children Vincent and Evelyn would raise.
In 1952, Bill joined the United States Air Force and served in both overseas and U.S. locations and was honorably discharged in 1956. He then enlisted in and served honorably in the U.S. Air Force Reserves until 1965.
Bill married Evelyn Therese Anderson on the 10th of August 1957, and together raised six children, Karmen, Craig, Kim, Carla, Colette, and Kathy, and lived in many locations in the U.S. and Canada. In 1965, he and Evelyn and family planted roots in Nampa, Idaho where they all lived, laughed, loved, and grew together as a family until his wife Evelyn was required in Heaven in November 1991.
Bill was highly educated, receiving his BS at Southern State Teacher's College in Springfield, South Dakota. He went on to obtain his Master’s Degree from the University of Idaho, while raising his six children.
Bill worked at many jobs throughout his life, often working multiple jobs at once. He spoke often of working on the Boeing construction project, working with the US Forest Service, and his time with Bob Jones Construction Company. He later started his own construction company, and one of the projects Bill often talked about and was most proud of was his work in rebuilding the military barracks at the Presidio of San Francisco.
Having developed an interest in woodworking at a very early age, Bill had a woodworking shop in his bedroom as a boy. Bill's skills in woodworking evolved over the years and would later provide the foundation for his teaching career. He taught at Nampa High School, South Junior High School in Nampa and finished his teaching career with the Canyon-Owyhee County Service Agency (COSSA) where he taught for over a decade, from 1986 to 1997. He taught at risk kids construction skills allowing them to obtain hands-on experience in the construction of homes, workshops and other projects in the local community.
Bill considered all of his students his extended family, and students would come by the house many years later to talk to him, and share with him how they were doing, and the impact and positive influence he had on them. He always welcomed them, remembering each of their names and something about them.
Bill retired from COSSA in 1997, a Master Carpenter, after a distinguished career in education. Bill asked for so little, but gave so much.
Regardless of where his jobs took him, he was first and foremost a caring and loving Husband, Dad, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather.
Coming home after being gone, sometimes for extended periods on a construction site, Bill loaded his excited children and the neighbor kids up and would take them to Dairy King for a treat. He managed to balance his work and his family, taking time to ensure his children saw the some of the country's greatest parks. His personal favorites were our National Parks like Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone. He also took his family on a once in a lifetime experience and traveled to the World’s Fair in Spokane, Washington.
Bill married Debbie Jean Morford on September 17th, 1996, and lived in Caldwell, ID. They adopted Debbie's grandson, Brandon, in Feb 1999.
Bill and Debbie were married for 25 years when Bill passed away.
He is survived by his wife, Debbie of Caldwell, ID, his children Karmen (Jon) Faggion of Alexandria, VA and family, Craig Hood of Cathedral City, CA, Kim and (Gary) Briggs of Kuna, ID and family, Colette (Monte) Russell of Nampa, ID and family, Carla (Mike) Lock of Nampa, ID and family, Kathy and (Jim) Jardine of Nampa, ID and family, Brandon Hood and family of Caldwell, ID and family, Debbie’s children Michael Engle and family, Travis (Tiffany) Engle and family and Karen Engle and family, sister Sandra Dushaw of St. Paul, MN and brother Mark Hood of Akley, MN, 11 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, many in-laws, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vincent and Evelyn, first wife, Evelyn, and sisters Mary Ellen Bromenschenkel and Colleen Walsh.
A private family service will be held on December 17, 2021 at the Idaho State Veteran’s Cemetery.
A Celebration of Life (open house) will be held at Foothills Christian Church, 9655 W. State Street, Garden City, ID from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.
John 14:3 “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may also be”