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PHOENIX, Arizona – Joshua Jaymes Wood, 30, a Phoenix resident, died on Sunday, November 7, 2021 in Phoenix.

He was born on June 10, 1991 in Hancock, son of Robert Wood and Virginia (Mendenhall) Cooper. Joshua grew up in Pahrump, Nevada, where he graduated from Pahrump Valley High School in 2009.

He then served in the United States Marine Corp.

After the Marine Corp. Joshua continued his education and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Collins College.

Joshua had held multiple jobs over the years in shipping / receiving for Walmart, graphic design for Dynic’s Corp, but his love for animals led him to Wildlife World Zoo Aquarium & Safari Park. It was there that he flourished, tending to and familiarizing himself with various animals such as otters, monkeys, lemurs, birds and fish. The animal park also allowed him to obtain his scuba diving certificate and become a certified crocodile / alligator master.

Josh enjoyed the outdoors (no matter the season), camping, hiking, photography, and road trips. He was very caring, loving and ready to help in any way, especially when it came to joking.

His paternal grandmother and maternal grandfather predeceased him.

The survivors are: her father, Robert (Jennifer) Wood; his mother: Virginia (Ron) Cooper; her brother: Geremy (Danielle) Wood, her sisters; Ashley (Cory) William, Caitlyn Wood, Kaylee Wood, her half-sisters: Janie (Yogi) Brewington, Katie Sawyer, her grandfather: Charles Wood, her grandmother: Cynthia Djuric, her great-grandmother: Virginia Mendenhall, her aunts: Brenda (Wayne) Daniel, Barb (Allen) Yeager, Tonie (Shelby) Ragland, Chantilee Mendenhall, her uncles: Frank Wood Daylon Judd, 12 lovingly loved nieces and nephews and several great aunts, uncles , cousins, friends, colleagues and loved ones.

A funeral service for Josh will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 19, 2021 at Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock with Pastor Alan Sunn officiating.

Friends can call Thursday, November 18, 2021 at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Hancock from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until service time.

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The funeral and cremation service at Hancock Memorial Chapel helps the family make arrangements.


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