Raymond Pool Woods Jr.

Raymond Pool Woods Jr.

November 04, 1947 - January 27, 2018
San Juan Capistrano CA

Raymond Pool Woods Jr.

November 04, 1947 - January 27, 2018
San Juan Capistrano CA


Raymond Pool Woods

November 4, 1947-January 27, 2018

Beloved husband, father, and grandfather Raymond Woods was born in San Diego on November 4, 1947, and died peacefully at home on January 27, 2018.  He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Amy; daughter, Lisa; her husband Mark Mantel; granddaughters Amara and Liana; sisters Judith Rae Woods and Nancy L. Baumgardner; and brothers Donald Mason Woods and Murray Lee Woods.  He was preceded in death by his son Ronald Martin Woods and  daughter-in-law Kelly Woods; and his father Raymond Pool Woods, Sr. and mother Lodema A. Woods.
An accomplished pianist, organist, and harpsichordist, Ray had a long career in music education and choral conducting.  He also greatly enjoyed his opportunities to work with instrumentalists at his schools and in his concerts.  He fought a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer for the last year of his life.  He will be missed by all whose lives were touched by his music and by his love for teaching.
A memorial service will be held at Garden Grove United Methodist Church, 12741 Main St., Garden Grove (714) 534-1070, on Friday, February 2, at 11:00 A.M.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Garden Grove United Methodist Church music ministry or the SouthOrange County School of the Arts (SOCSA) vocal music department.



Memorial Service

  • Date & Time: February 02, 2018 (11:00 AM)
  • Venue: Garden Grove United Methodist Church
  • Location: 12741 Main Street Garden Grove, CA 92840 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (714) 534-1070

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57 responses to Raymond Pool Woods Jr.

  1. I think everyone has said everything I wanted to say so I will keep this short and sweet.. I met Mr. Woods my freshmen year at Dana Hills High School as he tried successfully to recruit me into the choir…It did take several attempts. I have known him since I was 14 years old and had a wonderful opportunity to sing for him with the South Coast Singers for many years. Your family, friends, and everyone you have touched through your love of music will always remember you. You now live in our memories and dreams.

  2. Mr. Woods made all of us believe in ourselves during the age where we needed it most. He was graceful, loving and patient. My most favorite memories in high school took place in that music room sitting in his classes. He made me laugh and smile and that will always remain in my heart… sending love and light to his family during this time. You are all in my thoughts, my heart, and my prayers. Xo 

  3. Uncle Ray I will do this one more time, just for you. When you walk into a room introduce yourself to everyone. When you shake a mans hand look him in the eye. When they tell you their name repeat it to show them you are listening. Every woman is a Miss and never a Mam. Treat every woman the way you would want your mother to be treated. There are just a few of the things he taught a shy young boy many years ago. I use his teachings ever day of my life. When I first met him I thought he was trying to teach me music. He wasn’t, he was trying to teach me to be the person he saw in me. Thank you Mr. Woods for everything.

  4. Desiree says:

    Rest In Peace sweet man

  5. Holly Erwin says:

    Mr. Woods taught me how to be myself, and not let anyone bring me down no matter what. He inspired me to continue to sing each and every day to brighten my days. A few months ago, I sat and reflected on the time he let me pick any song/sheet music for him to play for me and listen to me sing back in my sophomore year of high school. I remember him allowing me that moment of freedom and giving me tips that have stuck in my memory forever. May his soul rest knowing he did great things for so many of us.

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