Alan and Venice Beske, George and Karol Cawthon, Nancy Chinn, Bob Collins, Margaret
Debski, Jim Frazier, Mike Garets, Kelly Hardy, Rick Hoover, Rich Howard, Clifford and
Janna Kellogg, Jon Neviaser, Mr. and Mrs. David Nordberg, Monica Pittman, Steve Sherrod,
Treasure Valley Telecom Pioneer Combined Club, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Weaver
Jesse LaRoy Woody was born May 18, 1940
and died on July 3, 2012 surrounded by his fam-
ily. He was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma to J.C.
and Goldie Woody and was soon joined by his
brother Darrell Ray and sister Nancy Caroline. He
attended school in Shawnee and graduated from
Shawnee High School. After attending Oklahoma
Baptist University for two years, he joined the US
Army and was stationed at Fort Gordon, Geor-
gia. On March 16, 1962, he married fellow soldier
Sandy Drew. Jesse and Sandy returned to Okla-
homa where he began working for Southwest-
ern Bell Telephone. In 1969, their eldest daugh-
ter, Erin, was born. Daughter Heather followed in
1974. The girls were the light of Jesse’s life and
he loved his role as their father. In 1977, the fam-
ily moved to Boise, Idaho, sight unseen and Jesse
began to work with Mountain Bell. He and Sandy
divorced shortly after, but always remained good
friends. Later Jesse married Paula Puckett, but
was divorced some years later.
Jesse always had a passion for birds of prey.
When he was 14 he read a book by John and Frank
Craighead on the subject and his lifelong love of
falconry was born. He was a founding president of
the Oklahoma Falconers’ Association and served
several terms as President of the Idaho Falconers
Association. He was active in the North American
Falconers Association and served a term as Di-
rector-at-Large. Because of his exemplary service
to falconry, he was honored with lifelong member-
ships to both the Oklahoma and Idaho Falconers
In Tribute (by Kelly Hardy)
Jesse was a larger-than-life presence in this
world and already it is not the same place without
him. Soon after Jesse found out that his illness
was terminal he said “Well, I have had wonder-
ful family and great friends, and because of that I
have no regrets.” And of course this was true. In
all the stories that Jesse told of his adventures he
never had anything but happiness in his memo-
ries and kindness for the people that shared these
experiences with him. I would like to thank every-
one who has been a friend to Jesse for sharing
this life with him. It is hard for me to imagine him
not being around, especially during the next ying
season. Who will we share our stories with and
listen to stories of the past?
Jesse was no recluse falconer. Even when his
health prevented him from ying much, he was
sure to attend meets and events so he could
spend time with friends and educate the public on
birds of prey. For him, I think most of his joy in fal-
conry was the people involved. I thank the Okla-
homa Falconers Association for presenting Jesse
with the honorary Lifetime Membership and letter
of appreciation that they had in the works even
before Jesse got ill.
My whole life I wanted to be a falconer, so long
now I can’t even remember why I became inter-
ested. In high school I was an artist and was draw-
ing pictures of Jesse and his hawks from the Idaho
Statesman, 10 years before I even met him. When
I was a volunteer tour guide at The Peregrine
Fund, I remember an ornery bearded dude quiz-
zing me on what an austringer was. I had to ad-
mit to him that I had never heard the word before,
but included it in all of my tours after that. When I
wrote him seeking apprenticeship, he warned me
that he would be the toughest, strictest sponsor
and should probably see if someone else would
sponsor me. I found him to be nothing but a kind
and gentle teacher, forgiving of all my mistakes
and truly enthusiastic about my progress.
Jesse Woody, I will miss you. Blue skies and
open elds.
Jesse Woody was recognized by both
the Oklahoma and Idaho Falcon-
ers Associations with an Honorary
Lifetime Membership for his role as
founding member and President.