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Frank Bradley Wood

September 17, 1939 ~ July 7, 2021 (age 81)

Obituary

Frank Bradley Wood, 81, passed away on July 7, 2021 in Overton, Nv with his wife, Shirley Simpson and good friends at his side. Frank was born on September 17, 1939 in Galesburg, IL to Frank R. And Leone S. Wood.

Frank graduated from Gladstone & Oquawka High School in May 1957. He trained in highway transportation at the University of Illinois. In 1976, he changed fields to Engineering Automation for the CDOT, where he was supervisor before managing the Department’s effort to acquire and implement a Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) system. During the late 1970's and early 1980's he was elected to two consecutive terms (6 years) as an At Large Director and Treasurer of the Colorado Association of Public Employees (CAPE).

For fifteen years, he managed the creation and management of the Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) system for the NMSHTD before becoming the Department’s first Chief Information Officer.

After retiring from government in early 2001, he and his close friend (Tom Wood) started Bluejay Enterprises, a computer networking company that grew from a startup company to a highly awarded $1.2M enterprise that specialized in business and public sector computer network operations. Frank retired form the business in 2010. 

On March 3, 2012, Frank married Shirley Ann Simpson from Oquawka, IL. Frank and Shirley were classmates in High School and graduated in 1957. They were married in Yuma, AZ, near where they resided on the desert as “Snowbirds” each winter for three years in their camper.

In 2014, Frank and Shirley sold their home in NM and moved to Overton, NV in March 2015. The Overton area held many inviting opportunities for them, including trail riding on their Polaris sided by side, the opportunity to purchase a new camper, and to buy a home.

Frank was preceded in death by his father and mother, his younger brother David, and his eldest son, Brad. He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley, his son, Kristin L. (Laurie)Wood, his grandchildren, Katie, Gracie, and Zak Wood, and stepsons, Paul Ray and Shawn Simpson. 

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