Don Raymond Woods

January 28, 1951August 19, 2021

Don Raymond Woods, 70, of Isla de la Piedra, Sinaloa, Mexico, passed away 8/19/2021 at St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, TX. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Max and Alice Woods (Gannon), of Mitchellville, IA; and his sister, Ann Friedman (Woods), of New York City, NY.

He leaves behind his beloved sister, Ellen Woods (Michael), of Palm Desert,CA; his only daughter, Megan Barnes (Christopher), and his grandson, Tristan Barnes, all of Franklin, NC. In addition, Don leaves behind many friends and loved ones that were like family to him. Dallas Autery and Rocio Heredia, of Isla de la Piedra, Mexico being of particular note.

Don grew up in Mitchellville, IA working on the farms. Later, he completed an apprenticeship to become a career Iron Worker and union member of Lo. 67, in Des Moines, IA. He enjoyed camping, movies, and riding his Harley. Later in life, he was able to retire and move to Isla de la Piedra, Mexico. He loved the ocean and was able to live the remainder of his life on the sandy beaches. With the help of others on the island, he played Santa for the children of the island and rode around on his “sled” delivering bags of goodies. Don’s presence could fill a whole room and he never met a stranger. He was a genuine, good person to those he encountered throughout his life. He will truly be missed by those that knew him. With Don, you can’t help but “remember the good times.” SKOL!


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Don Raymond Woods

have a memory or condolence to add?

Marlena (King) Routledge

November 9, 2021

Memories of Don go way back... Ellen was my best friend in 6th grade and junior high... so we spent a lot of time at their house. Don was her handsome, 'much' older brother- lol, funny how 5 yr seems such a gap when one is in 6th grade! I recall once she & I went to some place he was working. Also another time when we were snooping around in his room- I think it's a kid sister thing!
Fast forward many years- sometime in the early 2000's... my husband and I were visiting my family in IA; and I wanted to visit Mitchellville, where I'd lived years before. We stopped by the Woods' home, Don was there and invited us in. He was very hospitable- I guess "any friend of Ellen's..." I appreciated getting to have a nice visit with him, and seeing the home where I have so many fond memories of time spent there.
My condolences to Don's family.

Rachel Moore (Snowden)

October 13, 2021

I remember Don playing the tuba in Colfax, IA high school band. He was in it his Junior year. There isn't any mention of him attending Colfax High School. Both of his sisters attended the school as well. his older sister had already graduated. His younger sister I think would have been in Jr. High that year. Don was a fun guy to be around.

I remember Don in later years as well. I lived in Mitchellville from 1985 to 1997. I worked at the local grocery store from 1991 to 1996. Don would come in. He was always happy and friendly. We would reminisce about Colfax, my older brother, our parents. It was fun. Hated to see him move away. I knew he wanted to be closer to his daughter. I waited on his parents as well. Very nice people. They were fun to be around also. Very sad when they passed way.

Condolences to his daughter and her family and his younger sister and her family.

Don was one of a kind. He will be missed.

Pat (Patti) (Beukema) Rouse

October 9, 2021

I am sorry to hear of Don's passing. Don and I were both from Mitchellville, and we were members of the graduating Class of 1969 at Southeast Polk. When we were seniors Don took me for a couple of motorcycle rides after I got off my waitress job at the Union 76 Truckstop at Altoona, which is no longer there. He was a funny guy.

Marcia Crum

October 8, 2021

I never knew Don when he lived in Mitchellville, but I got to know him when he worked at So's Your Mother in Des Moines.
He was an all around good guy, who sometimes could be known to be a prankster & I can remember a couple times he skirted the law. Anybody remember the Raccoon River Fests?
My condolences go out to the family.
Marcia(Radeke) Crum

Cindy Six Silver.

October 8, 2021

He was a very nice person. I remember some stories he would tell. Prayers for the family.