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Jonathan Woodman

Jonathan Gragg Woodman

Friday, March 2nd, 1956 - Sunday, July 12th, 2020
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Obituary

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jonathan G Woodman, 64, of Alamosa, CO. Jon was born March 2 nd, 1956 in Denver CO to Stanley and Annabelle (Dieckman) Woodman. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Alamosa, traveling with him and his mom in the back of the pickup.

And so his adventures began. He loved his childhood, making memories with his siblings and friends on Berkley Ave, where his dad built the two houses that they lived in. Then, in 1963 when Jon was 7 they moved to the country, living on County Rd 10 S, in the Waverly area for many years. When Jon was 12, his oldest brother and best friend, Steve, went away to college and two weeks later was never heard from again. For two very long years his family looked for him. Finally his remains were found in the mountains above Salt Lake City. This was not an outcome that Jon or his family was hoping for and this affected him his entire life. He always missed his brother Steve and was sure they would have remained best friends into adulthood had they been given the chance. During those two years that Steve was missing, Jon experienced another trauma. He was helping his uncle drill a well and lost his footing, falling backwards and getting his hand caught in the gears of the pump. It crushed his hand and all four of his fingers on his right hand had to be amputated. It was a hard adjustment for a boy his age to make because that was his dominant hand. He was being forced to write with his left hand, which was no easy task and caused him to fall behind in school. One day, an uncle asked him if he could just fit the pencil between his thumb and the knuckle on his index finger on his injured right hand. He tried it and there was no stopping him at that point. Although that time of his life was tough for him, he figured out how to make it a positive experience and moved on. He was asked by a teacher at one point what he wanted to do when he grew up. He told her that he wanted to be a truck driver. She told him he couldn't do that because he only had one hand and he would need them both to drive a semi-truck. Well that was the motivation he needed to finalize his plans for his future.

When he graduated from high school he left the valley and went to work driving trucks in Texas for Ashton Trucking and then for Ralph Owens. The stories of those days stayed fresh in Jon's mind. It was some of the best times in his life. It was then when he met his first wife and mother of his children, Dana. The two of them decided that they would like to get married and they moved back to Alamosa, CO and were married and started their family. Before his first child, Shawnee, was born, he and his dad were flown to Wyoming by Butch Southway and Jon picked up his new 1978 359 Peterbilt truck. It was his pride and joy, other than his family. His mom even wrote a poem about him and his "Big Yellow Peterbilt". He drove his truck over 2 million miles, making lifelong friends along the way and raising his kids in the sleeper, instilling the same work ethic and love of Peterbilt trucks in them that they still value today. As the years went on, he became tired of being away from home so he decided to stop trucking over the road and came back to Alamosa where he ran the Alamosa County Landfill for a few years collecting treasures that had become other people's junk. He then started his own construction business after a few years. He ran a successful business for several years, building many reservoirs, roads, cleaning ditches, building pads, etc. He was a very skilled equipment operator and had made a reputation for himself because of it. The past several years he was asked to come to work for both Absmeier Landscaping & Construction and Rocky Mountain Septic where his skills in both mechanics and equipment operation were an asset to both companies.

During that time he and Dana divorced but remained good friends. A few years later he married Cathy, staying together for several years but unfortunately their marriage also ended in divorce. He met Beth in 2004 and they were together until his passing. He was truly loved by all of them and each share memories of Jon that everybody can forever cherish.

He had 5 of his own children that he loved very much- Shawnee, Jonathan who passed away shortly after birth, Brandon, Dustin and Daniel (Boone), and step-children Shane, Brandi, Cody and McKenna. He loved to tell the story about Shawnee when she was learning to color and was in the sleeper of the truck. He would hit a bump and she would get mad and tell him, "Jon! Stop hitting the bumps!" Nothing made him more proud than when he and Brandon and Dustin worked together on the equipment and showed their skills running the scrapers as a team. He had shown them how to run the equipment when they were 10 & 12 which was something he liked to brag about. He also had 6 grand kids- Matthew, Chanel, Cody, Landon, Lia and Ali and 5 step grandkids- Brooke, Stephanie, Kane and Blade and Christina who he was always ready to share a story, tell them a joke or ensure that they knew what was important in life- Dodge, Peterbilt, Caterpillar and family- not necessarily in that order.

If somebody was asked to describe Jon most people would say that he was a forever friend, loved his family, would help anybody anytime he could, was a skilled equipment operator, was always ornery, loved to tell stories from his past, tried to tell a joke- but not very well, often times telling the punchline at the beginning, and could sit around and "shoot the bull" for hours on end, making people laugh at his silly stories. He was a very talented artist, drawing perfectly detailed sketches of semi-trucks and Caterpillar equipment. He was a huge fan of the old Big Boy Trains and loved to go to the Forney Museum in Denver where they had one on display. He could sit and watch videos of the old trains just going down the tracks, Caterpillar equipment actually moving dirt and Peterbilt trucks hauling cattle! He almost always had a comment or critique about how it could have been done better and if anybody knew, it was Jon. And one thing is for sure, you didn't know Jon Woodman if you never got the chance to drink coffee with him in his underwear!

Jon is preceded in death by his older brother Steve and his infant son, Jonathan. He is survived by his parents Stanley and Annabelle Woodman of CO, his sister Camilla Guymon (Ron) of Washington, bothers David Woodman of California, Jim Woodman Arizona, his daughter, Shawnee (Adrian), his sons Brandon (Arlene), Dustin, and Daniel all of CO, and step-children Cody and McKenna (James) of CO. He is also survived by his grandchildren Matthew of New Mexico, Chanel and Cody both of CO, Landon of Tennessee, Lia of Texas and Ali of CO and step-grandchildren Brooke & Stephanie, Kane and Blade, Lacie, Alexa, Taylor, Rylee and Makayla, and Christina. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Jon will be laid to rest next to his brother Steve and his infant son, Jonathan at a private family ceremony at Rito Alto Cemetery on Saturday, July 18, 2020. If anybody has any questions they can contact one of the family members. Jon didn't like to be sad and always wanted people to be happy. Nothing would make him happier than to have people come, wearing Wrangler jeans and cowboy boots, and tell stories about him and his adventures, laugh and have a good time. He will be with us enjoying the day.

Rogers Family Mortuary is in care of the arrangements. To leave online condolences, tributes and words of strength for Jon’s family, please visit www.RogersFunerals.com
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Rito Alto Cemetery
    Address
    65000 County Road X
    Moffat, Colorado 81143
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  • Interment

    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 |
    When
    Saturday, July 18th, 2020
    Location
    Rito Alto Cemetery
    Address
    65000 County Road X
    Moffat, Colorado 81143
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Sandy Martinez

Posted at 05:43pm
I was so saddened to hear of Jon's passing. We got to know him when we moved in with his grandmother, to take care of her while Stanley & Annabelle were on a genealogy mission. Jon was the nicest guy!! Our family sends condolences to the family. You'll all be in our prayers.
JH

Jennifer Johnson Harrop

Posted at 02:16pm
I remember Jonathan fondly as a very young boy full of life and mischief. I always deeply admired the Woodman family and respected the way they supported one another. I know that support has seen them through some difficult times and will serve them again as they mourn Jonathon's passing. I want you to know you are in my thoughts. I pray for the peace that the gospel of Jesus Christ can bring to all who believe in Him.
Sending my love to the entire family.
Jennifer Johnson Harrop
Sending love,
Jennifer Johnson Harrop
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Susie Hudson

Posted at 12:06pm
My deepest condolences to Jon Woodman’s Family. He will be deeply missed, our Family in Texas took him in while he was in Texas. He will never ever be for gotten, his parents should be very proud cause he was a Gentleman 😢😭 Jon you will always be in my heart ❤️
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Susie Hudson

Posted at 11:43am
My deepest condolences to Jon Woodman’s Family. He will be deeply missed, our Family in Texas took him in while he was in Texas. He will never ever be for gotten, his parents should be very proud cause he was a Gentleman 😢😭
AE

Angela Espinoza

Posted at 02:18am
I wrote this for Jon.
Jon.
I will Always remember you. You to me were a very true friend and an amazing man. You to me Jon Woodman were the best man to me and to many others. There will never be good byes where ever you'll be you will always be in my ❤️. I know you will always be with me watching over me, no one will ever understand the friendship I had with you. I cannot believe that you are no longer with us. This was a great tragedy for me. I will always pray for you my dear friend Jon. May you rest in peace. Rest easy because you were always so busy working. A thousand words won't bring you bac I know I've tried, Neither will a thousand tears, I know because I've cried. You will always be a treasure in my ❤️ heart where you will stay and always be,until we meet again someday. Our memories together that we shared will keep me going and no one will ever know but that will keep me going and no one can ever take that from me. I feel your presence even tho you are gone to be with the Lord. I know that your kind soul is in Paradise watching over me and your loved ones. I am mourning and celebrating the good times we shared. Your life was a gift to the world and to the people who knew you. "WHY" because you were an amazing man from childhood till now Jon. If tears could build a stairway and memories were a lane, I could walk right up to Heaven and bring you back. I will always remember the things you taught me,and how much you cared for me and my family. Rest well my angel Jon. My heart ❤️ hurts everytime I think that I can never see you or talk to again. My ❤️ hurts but knowing you will be in a better place rings me comfort to live on with your memories. my dearest Jon "aka" Johnny Bucks your memory will never fade in me, my thoughts or my heart ❤️. Your absence is so painful but I will stay true to self in honor to you MR. Jonathan Woodman. I want to find a quiet place to sit with you a while, to talk about all the happy times we had and it will make you smile Comah. Rest In peace My Dearest Jon I have always looked up to you in many ways but I do have to say this there were only 2 men in the whole world that could make me cry and it was you and my father. I. Could go on and on but I think I'm done for now. So these are my last words.

Jon Woodman was an amazing man in more than one way he worked so hard all his life, a very caring and great person to know berry happy. So from me to you Jon I LOVE You so much and you will always be in my heart ❤️ and on my thoughts. You were an amazing person in more ways than people could ever imagine and some people will never know unless you met and got along with the greatest man JON WOODMAN.
R.I.P. MY DEAR FRIEND JON LOVE YOU ANGELA that's a big 10-4 good buddy
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