On Saturday night the UTV industry and the world as a whole lost a great man. Art Wood was the best damn UTV salesman I had ever known and worked with. He was my go-to when people would contact me looking for that "bro deal". Art never let me down, always extending the best deals to my friends ensuring they got the best service and experience all so that I looked good and they were stoked. He was as honest and as genuine as they come.
Art put Berts Mega Mall on the map as it pertained to UTVs. He was a regular here on UTVUnderground.com and every major event here in So Cal you could find Art shaking hands, kissing babies and making deals. When he wasn't putting people in the seat of new vehicles he was out in the desert with his family and friends living the lifestyle. He was an amazing person, someone who would always answer the phone when you needed him or respond to a text promptly.
Beyond all of Art's achievements as a salesman, he was an exceptional father and husband. He leaves behind a young son Conner and a grieving wife Shannon who will surely suffer the pain of losing their loved one for the rest of their lives.
Men like Art are not replaced and only come once in a lifetime. His energy, charisma, positive attitude and his genuine love of all things in his life will always be what I will remember. I won't soon forget all Art did for this sport and for me. I will forever remember Art Wood as one of the greatest people I ever had the chance to meet and know since starting UTVUnderground.com.
I will end this with Art's last text message to me:
"..... Thank you for taking the time to text and thanks for caring. Enjoy your family. Tomorrow is not promissed." - Art Wood
I love you Art Wood. Hold it down up there big guy. Watch over us all, I can't wait to ride the dunes of Heaven with you someday.