Adam T. Wood

January 18, 1983 – March 14, 2023


Last updated 5/30/2023 at 4:30pm

Adam T. Wood

Well, what can we say about Adam Theodore Wood? He was... tall and gorgeous. A better question is what couldn't we say about this beloved, larger-than-life human? Always a dreamer and schemer, somehow Adam packed more interactions and adventure into his 40 years than many can even dream of.

He was born January 18,1983 in Portland, before moving to Bend, where he grew up. It was a place that fostered his artistic abilities, athleticism, and love of the outdoors. After graduating from Mountain View High School, and living in Eugene for a year, Adam returned to Bend to hone his musical style while working as a river rafting guide on the Lower Deschutes River.

He followed his heart to Seattle but moved quickly to LA after landing a surprising (or maybe not that surprising) role on a reality TV show. He capitalized on his brief stardom by expanding his musical repertoire, and playing in prestigious venues like Whisky a Go Go. When he realized acting, modeling, and professional musicianship weren't his life's ambitions, he took a 180 and moved to Alaska.

In Juneau, he got up to every outdoor activity imaginable, and had more than one encounter with a grizzly bear. He continued performing his original songs, and worked as a commercial fisherman, continuing his pursuits of music and photography while also pursuing his education at University of Alaska, Southeast.

He moved to Corvallis to finish his degree in photography, and, much to the chagrin of his family, became a Beavers fan. He lived briefly in Portland before moving back to Bend. He built a concrete construction company from the ground up and started his band, Woodsmen, to play his original songs all over Central Oregon over the last several years. He was thriving in his professional and personal lives. To our greatest sorrow, he died of natural causes on March 14 while working in Arizona in construction management, with his father, Roger, by his side.

He will be remembered for his generosity, adventurous spirit, love of everyone, smooth-talkin' charm, constant hijinks, musical and photographic talents, and deep and abiding warmth by his brother and best buddy, Jake Wood (Devon Riley, and niece Mikaela) of Bend, mother and stepfather, Cindy and Steve Greer of Sisters; father and stepmother, Roger and Tammy Wood of Prescott, Arizona; step-siblings, Lindsey Berg (Tommy and nephew Davis, nieces Addison and Reagan) of Bend; and Joey Greer (Rashel, and nephew James, niece Paige) of Portland; girlfriend, ShayLayne Bruce, and her children of Bend, and countless friends; and literally every single person who crossed his path.

Please visit his memorial page for more memories of his life, including his music, photography, and tributes, and details of his celebration of life to be held on July 22:

Donations may be made in Adam's memory to the Chris Dudley Foundation Empowering Youth with Type 1 Diabetes:

He will be greatly missed by all, as his life was just too short.


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