Lindsay Woods calls Hesperia his hometown.


He was born at St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley and grew up in Hesperia. His father, Lindsey, was an operating engineer and worked all over California and Arizona on various construction projects. His mother, Deanna, was a stay-at-home mom, though today Woods believes she would be considered a domestic engineer. He has an older sister, Brenda, who blazed the trail ahead of him.


Woods said he had a great childhood. Both sets of his grandparents lived in Hesperia and all of his aunts and uncles lived throughout the Victor Valley. He recalls Hesperia as a much different place back then.


"I won't say there was nothing to do but there was very little to do," he said. "As kids, we had to find or create things to do and the wide open spaces provided plenty of opportunity for both. Back then it was truly a small town and everyone knew everyone."


Woods attended schools in the Hesperia Unified School District until his sophomore year of high school when he transferred to Hesperia Christian School. After graduation, he attended Victor Valley College and earned his associates degree, later obtaining a bachelors degree from California State University, San Bernardino.


While in college, he began working for the Hesperia Recreation and Park District. He began his career as a lifeguard and was offered the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities. It was during this time that he served the district and the community as the area director for the Mojave River Valley Special Olympics as well as a wide variety of other duties.


After graduation, the district had an opening for an entry level recreation supervisor position which he was selected to fill. Over more than


20 years with the district, Woods says he's been fortunate to work with a great group of employees who deliver important community services.


In June 2011, he was selected to serve the community as the new general manager for the Hesperia Recreation and Park District. He says he's excited about what the future will hold for the community and the district as they work together to continue to make life better.



Q: Tell us one thing that most people don't know about you.


A: I am a two-time cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with melanoma the year after I graduated high school. Approximately a year and a half later I was diagnosed with lymphoma. I was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in an experimental cancer treatment program for 14 years at the John Wayne Cancer Clinic. This was a very difficult time for me and my family, but I can truly say I am a better person as a result of these experiences. I continue to receive regular screenings but am blessed to be cancer free for the past 23 years.



Q: Where do you get your values from?


A: As a Christian, my values come from the Bible. I believe that God has given us the Bible as a blueprint for this life. My parents were also instrumental instilling in me many of my values that I hope to pass along to my children.



Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?


A: My parents were the greatest influence on my life. My father taught me to have a strong work ethic while my mother was instrumental in my spiritual and educational development. Thanks Mom and Dad for your commitment to each other and all the time and effort you poured into your children. I can never thank you enough for all the sacrifices you made. All I can say is I love you and I will do my best to do the same.


There were also a number of other individuals who had specific impacts on my life at various times. This list would include Jim Houghtby (teacher) who made learning fun, Lester Simpson (teacher and coach) who challenged me to be the best I could be, Steve Romero (teacher) who caused me to examine what I believed and Wayne Sutton (pastor) who was my trusted advisor. There are many more individuals who have had a significant impact on my life thank you all!



Q: What is your favorite quotation?


A: There are actually two quotes I would say are my favorite:


"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest." Mark Twain


"We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill



Q: What is your secret to living a happy, satisfying life?


A: I try to enjoy each and every day as if it were my last. I have also found it important to be content. I was faced with my own mortality at an early age and came to the realization that life is short and we have no guarantees how long we will live. My battle with cancer has helped me to appreciate my health which is something that we take for granted. It also taught me to celebrate life and enjoy each day. It is not always easy to do, but I have found I all I need to do is a quick inventory of my life to see how I have been blessed with a great family, good friends, good health and a rewarding career.



Q: What's your favorite sports team and why?


A: As a father of four, my favorite sports teams are the teams that my children are playing on. My choice to try and maximize my leisure time does not allow me a lot of time to follow collegiate or professional sports. I try to stay actively involved in the lives of my children and their friends. All of my children are involved in sports and quite a few of my longtime friends children are involved in the same sports activities. This allows me the opportunity to watch my children and visit with my friends.



Q: What is something you are particularly proud of?


A: There are a number of things that I am proud of as a result of my accomplishments. However, I am most proud of my four children Dylan, Addison, Ashley and Robby and who they have become as individuals.



Q: Tell us about your favorite thing about Hesperia.


A: It's my hometown. My family has been here since the early 1950s, so you can imagine I have a number of fond memories. Spending my summers at the park, specifically Lime Street and Timberlane swimming pools cooling off and hanging out. The summers of my youth were special. The people in Hesperia have always been a great group and I consider myself fortunate to have met and continue to meet them.



Q: Tell us about a happy memory in your first car.


A: Cruising the "Plaza" in Victorville. If you were there you know what I mean. If you weren't I don't know that I could explain it well enough to do justice. It was our social gathering place. It was our version of Facebook without computers.



Q: Is there anything else you'd like to say, anything you'd like to get off your chest?


A: Don't wait to enjoy your life, enjoy each day. We all need to rediscover how to play again.


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