Nov. 10, 1945-Feb. 24, 2003
MILTON-FREEWATER - Former Milton-Freewater resident Mark Lyle Woodhall, 57, of Homedale, Idaho, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, at Owyhee Health and Rehabilitation Center in Homedale.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater with concluding service and inurnment at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery.
Mr. Woodhall was born Nov. 10, 1945, at Vancouver, Wash., to Jack A. and Bernice L. Hurst Woodhall. He moved to Milton-Freewater with his family in 1950 and attended elementary and high school in Milton-Freewater, graduating from McLoughlin Union High School in 1965. While in high school he was a member of the band, a drum major for the band and a member of the choir. He also was a member of DeMolay and an active member of Thespians in high school. He attended Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton and Walla Walla College at College Place.
While at high school and college, he worked at his dad's dental office. He served an embalmer apprenticeship with DeWitt Funeral Home in Walla Walla and also worked as a nursing assistant at St. Mary's Medical Center.
In 1971 he moved to Caldwell, Idaho, and began a career in trucking at Naca Trucking Company in Ontario. He loved his life on the road, driving cross-country in the lower 48 states and in Alaska. Mr. Woodhall later started his own trucking company.
He met his wife-to-be, Lynda Bales, at Caldwell. They were married Dec. 29, 1973.
It was said he was a great family man who always enjoyed family gatherings.
After accidents prevented him from working, he renewed his passion for cars, spending hours finding old cars and restoring them.
Survivors include his wife, at the home; daughters, Amber Malone of Homedale, and MarkAnn Beebe of Nampa, Idaho; sister, Janyce Swanson of Milton-Freewater; brothers, Richard Woodhall of Milton-Freewater, and John Woodhall of Custer, S.D.; grandchildren, Rio Woodhall, Chance Woodhall, Brendan Woodhall and Mia Beebe; and numerous other relatives. He was preceded in death by a sister, Jayne Sanders.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodhall Grandchildren Scholarship Fund through Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.