FLIPPIN, Ark. (KFSM) -- The founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest Wood, has died.
Governor Asa Hutchinson announced his condolences in a tweet.
It was my honor to know Forrest Wood, and his passing is a deeply sad moment for our entire state. Forrest embodied the best of Arkansas. Read my full statement here: https://t.co/wMEsmJjiP5
— Gov. Asa Hutchinson (@AsaHutchinson) January 25, 2020
Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement regarding the passing of Forrest Wood.
“It was my honor to know Forrest Wood, and his passing is a deeply sad moment for our entire state. Forrest embodied the best of Arkansas. He was an entrepreneur who brought thousands of jobs to Northern Arkansas with his founding of Ranger Boats. His business accomplishments have been recognized in the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame, and his contributions to the world of fishing and recreation have made Arkansas a destination point for fishermen from all over the world. He loved Arkansas, and Arkansas loved Forrest Wood. Susan and I express our condolences and prayers for Nina and the entire Wood family.”
U.S. Senator John Boozman also released a statement.
“The Natural State has lost one of its biggest champions. While Forrest Wood was widely known as an entrepreneur and pioneer who revolutionized outdoor sports, his contributions go well beyond the fishing world. The respect he earned within the industry, along with his love for Arkansas, made him the ideal advocate for conservation efforts in the Natural State. It was a role he excelled in, and his dedication and hard work helped ensure Arkansas will remain a leading recreation destination for generations to come.
Forrest was a good friend and mentor. He was someone who I, and many others, held in high regard. I will always be grateful for the times we shared, the counsel he provided and opportunities to work with him to make our great state even better."