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Keystone's Hood dies at age 54

by Lora Abcarian | November 15, 2009
Family, friends and co-workers are mourning the death of Steven Craig Hood, who worked in sales and shipping for Keystone Fruit Marketing Inc. in Walla Walla, WA.

Mr. Hood, a resident of College Place, WA, died Oct. 29 at the Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, WA. He was 54 years old. The cause of death was not disclosed.

"He was really a genuinely good guy," colleague Dan Borer told The Produce News Nov. 9. "He was very well respected and honest. He was a good man to work with."

Mr. Hood was born Aug. 1, 1955, to Kenneth and Delores Seip Hood in Caldwell, ID, and he was raised on the family's farm. He attended Kuna High School, where he was involved with choral performance and lettered in football and wrestling. Mr. Hood graduated from high school in 1973. He married Penny Allen in 1975, and the couple had three children.

Mr. Hood was a deeply religious man and had an extensive career. He served as produce manager for Smiths Food King in Boise, ID; was circulation manager for the Lewiston Tribune in Moscow, ID; was produce and store manager for Buttrey Foods in Kennewick, WA; was part of the sales, management and marketing team for Tony's-Red Baron Pizza in Puyallup, WA, and Everett, WA; and was a shipping expert for Nelson Farms near Arlington, WA. Mr. Hood had worked for Keystone Fruit Marketing for five years at the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife, Penny; his parents, Kenneth and Delores Hood of Eagle, ID; his brother, Rodger Hood of Payette, ID; his sister, Marilynn Koelsch of Idaho Falls, ID; his son Craig Caleb Hood and his wife, Meagan, of Boise, ID; his daughter, Larissa Lambert, and her husband, James, of Vancouver, WA; his son Ian K. Hood of Arlington, WA; and his grandchildren Alleeya Joy, Jairus Steven Matthew Lambert, Elliott Essence and Brody Benjamin Hood.

Mueller's Tri-City Funeral Home in Kennewick handled arrangements. A memorial service was scheduled for Nov. 14 at the Blue Mountain Community Church in Walla Walla, WA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blue Mountain Community Church of Walla Walla Rejuvenation Fund, 928 Sturm Ave., Walla Walla, WA 99362.