Always with a ready smile, owner Richard Wood packs his Wurst Haus restaurant in downtown Lake Jackson with customers, local bands and a well-stocked bar. This Lake Jackson native and product of Brazosport ISD schools is one hometown boy who made good.

Wood is well-known for his commitment to Boy Scouts and the numerous boards he sits on, including the Lake Jackson Business Association, After 5 Rotary Club president, Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department Pension Board and the Lake Jackson Historical Museum Board, along with many others. But read through his list and you'll quickly realize his boundless energy takes him beyond his restaurant, his family and his community.

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I was born and raised in Lake Jackson and have never left.

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My family was the seventh family to move into Lake Jackson.

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I am a third-generation entrepreneur. My parents, Norman and Sue Wood, were in the home medical business — Breathco/Mediserv. My grandparents, Norman and Ann Wood, owned a full-service gas station in the early 1960s, then went into the nursing home business in the late 60s through the late 90s.

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I went high adventure backpacking with the guys.

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I earned Eagle Scout in 1984 building the first fishing pier on Shy Pond in Lake Jackson.

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I worked for the original founder of Wurst Haus as a teenager.

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I have been a second-generation ScoutMaster for the oldest Boy Scout troop in Lake Jackson, Troop 325.

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I was a participant as a youth of the 1985 National Boy Scout Jamboree and then returned with my son 25 years later as a ScoutMaster to celebrate the 100th year National Boy Scout Jamboree.

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