Utah’s beloved and longtime sports information director Bruce Woodbury passes away

NORTH SALT LAKE — Bruce Woodbury, who worked for the University of Utah athletics department from 1973 to 2007, passed away Sunday evening. He was 70 years old.

“Woody” was a beloved member of the community and represented the Utes well. He was a longtime sports information director for the university.

“Losing Woody is the end of an incredible era. It is almost unfathomable the number of lives he touched around the country, including mine,” said Liz Abel, Utah’s senior associate athletics director for communications. “When I came to Utah in the fall of 1983, Woody started out as my mentor but he soon became a lasting friend. We were a funny pair because we came from such different backgrounds, but we formed a bond that we both treasured and nurtured to this day.

“After his retirement in 2007, I reserved a permanent seat by me in our football press box for Woody. I can’t imagine being at a home game without him,” Abel continued. “I watched his children grow up, he watched me grow up and our lives were intertwined for more than a quarter of a century. I will miss him dearly.”

In his obituary, Woodbury’s family noted that he loved his job.

" He had many memorable experiences in his career working with the media, athletes, coaches, and staff before retiring in 2007. He loved the U. so much he even put the school logo on his prosthetic leg! "

Liz Abel, Utah’s senior associate athletics director for communications on the passing of Bruce Woodbury

“He had many memorable experiences in his career working with the media, athletes, coaches, and staff before retiring in 2007,” read the tribute. “He loved the U. so much he even put the school logo on his prosthetic leg!”

Woodbury faced several health issues in his life. As a teenager, he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Later in life, Woodbury battled cancer, diabetes, kidney failure and amputation. In 2009 he received a kidney from his son Cleadus.

“He kept his sense of humor to the end and was an example of endurance to all who knew him,” mentioned his obituary. Play Video

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Woodbury was born on Feb. 7, 1948, in Salt Lake City. He grew up in Bountiful and was part of the first graduating class of Viewmont High in 1966.

Five years later, he married Nancy Spencer. They raised five children.

Woodbury, who graduated from the University of Utah in 1972, is survived by his wife, Nancy, and their children Kim, Jon, Scot, David “Cleadus” and Jessica. Bruce and Nancy have 15 grandchildren. Woody’s survivors also include a sister, Marcia Covington, and a brother, Mark.

A viewing is scheduled for Friday at Russon Mortuary in Bountiful (295 N. Main Street) from 6-8 p.m. The funeral is Saturday, 11 a.m., at the Orchard Stake Center (3599 Orchard Drive, Bountiful).

The Crimson Club has established a Bruce Woodbury Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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