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In Memoriam

David John Woodford - Class Of 1972 VIEW PROFILE

David John Woodford

David John Woodford, son of John and Ruth Woodford, was born 3 November 1954, Highland Park, Wayne County, Michigan.  He graduated in 1972 from Okemos High School and furthered his education at Michigan State University.  David married Carol Frye in 1989 and the couple celebrated 15 years and 2 children together.

David became head of the Serology and Trace Evidence Unit of the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division.  His evidentiary knowledge and ability to teach were acknowledge in at least two books; "Forensic Nursing Science" by Virginia A. Lynch and Janet Barber Duval and "A Deadly Affair" by Tom Henderson.  Both books recognized David's exceptional work in forensic science.  He was also credited with helping convict, for 2nd degree murder, Michael Fletcher of Michigan who killed his wife Leann in 1999.  David was an important key witness at the jury trial as reported in the Detroit Free Press article June 21, 2000.








David succumbed to cancer 3 March 2005, Macomb County, Michigan.

Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) Friday 11 March 2005



David John Woodford, of Clinton Township, died of colon cancer on March 3, 2005.  David was born on November 3, 1954 in Highland Park, Michigan.  He moved to Okemos with his family in November of 1956, graduated from Okemos high School and Michigan State University with a BS in BioChemistry.  He started a 24 year career with the Michigan State Police as a Forensic Scientist.  He was credited with assisting in the solving of several major crimes.  He also taught his trade to local police officers, deputy sheriffs and State Troopers.  For the past three years, he taught Navy Seals at Norfolk, VA. Last year he was honored by the Forensic Nurses of North America as their "Man of the Year" for his teaching in hospital emergency rooms.  David married Carol Frye in October 1989; she survives him as does their son Patrick and their daughter Gina.  David is also survived by his parents, Ruth and John Woodford of Okemos; sister; Barbara of Portland, Oregon, Elizabeth of Jacksonville, Florida, Louise of Walled Lake, and Caroline of Ann Arbor; brothers; Richard of Houghton and Peter of Okemos.  Funeral Services will be held at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church, 26325 Halstead Road, Farmington Hills, at 11 am. on Monday, March 14.

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