Tulsa's Channel 8 lost a dear member of our family Tuesday evening just before 7pm.
Don Woods was 84 years old. His son was at his side when he passed. He was at University Village Center.
He finally lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.
In his last days, he remained in good spirits and enjoyed the company of family and friends.
Don was the meteorologist when KTUL first signed on the air in 1954. That's when the beloved cartoon character "Gusty" was born.
Don wanted everyone to know that Gusty, which is now the official cartoon of the state of Oklahoma, is still uplifting people and making them happy to this day.
Don also wrote a little orange booklet called, "Do you know how to have a happy forever?" It features Gusty's message that God loves you. Over the years, Don has passed out thousands of the booklets around the world.
Woods is survived by his son Stuart and daughters Susan and Kelly. His wife Jane passed away in 2008.
The family is planning a private graveside service.
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