|Birth: ||Oct. 5, 1942|
|Death: ||Nov. 3, 2006|
BAKER CITY — A Fairview, Utah, man died early Friday morning when he went over a concrete guardrail and fell approximately 30 feet to the ground below the interstate near the Weatherby Rest Area south of Baker City.
The victim, Iven Woodell Cox, 64, was helping another truck driver trying to remove a set of dual wheels from the westbound lanes of Interstate 84. Cox was trying to avoid being struck by a third truck, a Federal Express truck that had flipped on its side on the interstate.
According to the Oregon State Police, at approximately 1:20 a.m. Friday a 2006 Sterling commercial truck towing three trailers was westbound on Interstate 84 near Milepost 335. The truck's driver, Larry James Phelps, 55, had to pull onto the freeway shoulder after noticing the right side dual wheels had broken loose from the last box trailer. The wheels came to rest in the left westbound lane
A second truck driver, Cox, saw the dual wheels in the roadway and pulled ahead of Phelps' vehicle, where he stopped and got out to help Phelps remove the wheels.
As Phelps and Cox were beginning to cross the westbound lanes to get over to where the wheels were, a westbound Federal Express truck with three trailers struck the wheels, causing the driver to lose control. The truck and trailers rolled onto their side and continued sliding westbound on the highway.
Phelps ran toward the center concrete barrier, and Cox ran toward the right westbound shoulder concrete barrier. Cox continued over the concrete barrier in an attempt to avoid the sliding truck and fell approximately 30 feet to the ground below. He landed on the shoulder of the road below the overpass. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Published in The La Grande Observer on 11/11/2006
Iven Woodell (Woody) Cox "Keep on truckin" FAIRVIEW, UTAH
Iven Woodell Cox, died November 3, 2006 outside of Baker City, Oregon, doing what he loved to do, driving truck and helping people. Born October 5, 1942 in Fairview, UT, he lived all his life there. He married the love of his life Patsy Larson on Nov. 6, 1965.
Woody loved his family, helping friends, fishing, and, of course, truck driving. He started his truck driving career at 16, hauling coal down Fairview Canyon; 48 years later he was still driving truck and truly enjoying it. He has had several acts of heroism attributed to him for helping accident victims with life threatening injuries.
He was very good at his profession; his passion was to do his job the best he could. He won many awards for his work including Driver of the Year in 2001 for over 38 years of service and over 4.5 million accident free miles. Woody was a true master of the road. If he was not out driving truck he could usually be found working on a project with his close friends, or spending time with his grandchildren that were very dear to him.
Surviving are his wife Patsy Larson Cox of Fairview, UT; sons, Lewis Cox of Holladay, UT; Bert (Mary) Cox of Fairview, UT; daughters, Melanie (Rich) Gillins of Mt. Pleasant, UT, Valerie (Brad) Welch of Fairview, UT; and six grandchildren, Kiera and Payton Cox, Chance and Laynie Gillins, Bailey Ann and Alexis Welch. Also surviving are his brothers, William (Clarice) Cox of Arlington, VA; R. Sam (Bobbie) Cox of Mt Pleasant, UT; Ronald (Tammy) Cox of Fairview, UT; Eddie (Lesa) Cox of Fairview, UT; Randy (Claudean) Cox of Bountiful, UT; Branch (Dinah) Cox of Fairview, UT.
Woody is preceded in death by his parents Carlyle and Reva Cox. Funeral Services will be held Nov. 10th at 1:00 p.m. in the Fairview 3rd Ward Chapel, Rock Church (131 E. 100 N.). Friends may call Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Rasmussen Mortuary (96 N. 100 W.) and Friday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. prior to services
Published in the Deseret News on 11/7/2006
Carlyle Nelson Cox (1912 - 1976)
Reva Rigby Cox (1915 - 1997)
William Carlyle Cox (1941 - 2008)*
Iven Woodell Cox (1942 - 2006)
Fairview City (Upper) Cemetery
Created by: Clarice Cox
Record added: Nov 03, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22641062