OGDEN — Police have identified the elderly man who drowned in the Ogden River Monday morning.
Richard Wood, 81, of Huntsville died from drowning and his body was recovered from the river in Ogden Canyon Monday morning, the Weber County Sheriff's Office said. His age was reported incorrectly in initial reports.
"Richard was a very popular resident in the Ogden Valley as he worked many years for the Powder Mountain Ski Resort," the sheriff's office said in a news release. "The Weber County Sheriff’s Office would like to send out our condolences to the family and all that knew him."
Rescue crews responded to Ogden Canyon around 11 a.m. Monday after receiving a report of a possible drowning. Wood's vehicle and some personal items were found near the river around a mile and a half into the canyon.
His body was located an hour after the search began, and was recovered by rescuers within two hours.
Police said they don't know how Wood got into the river.
Powder Mountain is saddened to share that it has lost a Pow Mow icon, co-worker, storyteller and friend. Richard Wood, known as “Woody”, passed away yesterday unexpectedly. He will be forever missed, but never forgotten.https://t.co/eWB4OaLCpH pic.twitter.com/R7PqO4jDPq— Powder Mountain (@PowMow) May 7, 2019
Powder Mountain described Wood as a "Pow Mow icon, co-worker, storyteller and friend" in a memorial post on its Facebook page. Wood was a native of Roy and began working at Powder Mountain as a teenager.
"Woody," as he was known at the resort, helped develop the free shuttle service on Powder Mountain Road to access the ski resort and was named night manager in the 1980s. Though he retired after the 2017-18 season, Wood returned to shuttle visitors up the mountain during the 2018-19 season.
"Woody was always ready to lend a helping hand either at Powder Mountain or in our local community. His impact on Powder Mountain and the Ogden Valley is immeasurable and the lives he touched through his actions and spirit are innumerable. Woody is truly an institution at Powder Mountain and a beloved member of the Powder Mountain family. He will be forever missed, but never forgotten," the resort said in the post.