Phares Quincy Woods, born July 20, 1946 in Pioche, Nevada, grew up in Panaca where he attended grade and high school, graduating as valedictorian in 1964. He excelled in math and science and was a voracious reader. He probably knew more about the universe than Carl Sagan. He read hundreds if not thousands of books in his lifetime and was very knowledgeable in any subject. Gathering knowledge was a continuous goal.
After graduating from high school he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in France. After his mission he and some friends owned a donut shop in Salt Lake City, Utah. While attending BYU he was devastated when he received an A-, the only one in his life.
He mastered several trades, including fire assay for gold and silver at various mines around the West. He was the lab supervisor during the last three times the Caselton mill was in operation.
Being a Park Ranger for Nevada State Parks was his love, and he mentored several young employees who made parks their career. While the ranger at the old Mormon Fort in Las Vegas, he was instrumental in correcting parts of early Nevada history concerning the Old Mormon Fort through intensive research of the archives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This resulted in rewriting Nevada history. He also spearheaded the fort’s restoration, making sure of accuracy.
He was then assigned to Kershaw-Ryan park, totally destroyed earlier by severe flooding. He spent the rest of his career rebuilding it to the pristine quality that is enjoyed today. He retired after 27 years of service.
Phares enjoyed traveling the world including Egypt, China, New Zealand, France, Australia, Holland, England, and America.
Phares had a lifelong addiction to the railroad and its history. His home was next to the Union Pacific mainline in Caliente, Nevada, where he could not only hear but feel every train as it passed by. As his health declined some friends arranged for him to ride in the engine of a Union Pacific freight train which was a dream come true.
Due to deteriorating health he spent his last months living in an assisted-living facility in Cedar City, Utah, where he died on April 22, 2019, from complications of pneumonia. Per his request, he was cremated and his ashes will be scattered along the railroad tracks at Barcley. He also requested no memorial service.
His parents, Luther Eugene and Ruth Elsbeth Schuenman Woods preceded him in death.
He is survived by his brother, Laron and wife Patsy, nieces Lorinda and her daughter Jessica; Kristy, Ratliff (John) and children Baylee, Dylan, Camille and Aubrey; nephew Kevin (Marybeth) Woods and children Jacob and Ruth. Also his aunt Phyllis Woods.