The family of a Paso Robles off-road racer who died Friday will remember him not only as a motocross champion, but also as a dedicated family man who spent each day looking out for others.
“Both of us had an unwavering love for each other,” said his wife, Amanda Woods, through her tears.
Nathan Woods, 33, died Friday in a crash during practice at Honolulu Hills Raceway in Taft.The two-time World Off-Road Championship Series winner — in 2004 and 2005 — was preparing for the opening round of the same championship.
Woods crashed after a jump on the track.
He was immediately airlifted to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, where he was pronounced dead.
‘An amazing person’
“Racing has been my passion for as long as I can remember,” he wrote on his professional racing website, www.nathanwoodsoffroad.com. He also shared on the site his admiration of the sport and the farmland he grew up on in Hanford.
On Monday, his wife spoke about how their sons, Nathan Jr., 13, and Braxton, 4, loved watching football and taking their remote controlled cars to their park with their dad.
“Whatever the boys wanted, he would do that with them,” she said of the man she was married to for nearly a decade.
“Paying it forward” was a large part of his life, she said, as he often mentored the young riders who looked up to him.
“He was an amazing person — a packaged deal that most people are not,” his wife said.
Over the weekend, the Internet was abuzz as fans and riders mourned his death, many calling him one of America’s best.
On the website for Dirt Rider Magazine, Amanda Woods’ father, Brent Watson of Templeton, wrote that his son-in-law taught him “to love without ceasing and without regard.”
Besides his wife and children, Nathan Woods is survived by his brother, Donovan Vieira of Grover Beach; mother Terrie Vieira of Arroyo Grande; father Doug Woods of Lemoore; brother-in-law Brandon Watson of Paso Robles; and parents-in-law Diana and Brent Watson of Templeton.
A fund to help pay for memorial expenses has been set up in his name at Rabobank locations.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.