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Denman Moody

Denman L "Denny" Moody

Monday, October 24th, 1932 - Friday, February 21st, 2020
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Denny Moody, born October 24, 1932, passed away in Coupeville, Wash. on Friday, February 21, 2020. His loving spouse, Nancy, was by his side. He was 87.

Denny was born in Sedro-Woolley, Wash. to Floyd and Waneta (Leadbetter) Moody. He was the fifth of six children. During first through fourth grade, Denny attended a three-room schoolhouse in Utopia, Wash. The school eventually was flooded, and
Utopia is now a conservation area. Due to the closure of the schoolhouse Denny relocated to Sedro-Woolley school district in fifth grade. It was in grade seven he was paired up with the tuba. His family was unable to purchase an instrument new and the tuba was the only instrument left unchosen. So, he took it home. “Teddy Bear’s Picnic” was the first song he learned to play in band.

Graduating high school in 1950, Western Washington University offered him a musical scholarship. Around this time Nancy came into his life one day at the J.C. Penny Company, where he was working as a clerk. She was trying to cash a check and Denny saw an opportunity to get her address and phone number. They went on a double date with some friends and he knew then he would marry her.

In 1951, Denny enlisted into the United States Air Force and was stationed in Arizona at Williams Air Force base. Three children followed: Alex, Andy, and Alan. The Moody family picked up and moved to Oak Harbor, Wash. after Denny was honorably discharged. His father worked on NAS Whidbey, and it was here the Moody’s raised their children while Denny was employed in the Federal Civil Service as Labor Supervisor.

Alex, Andy, and Alan were in the Boy Scouts and Oak Harbor Little League and so Denny became involved as well, helping within the Scouts organization and as an umpire. He was past president of the American Federation of Government Employees and the Parent-Teacher Association.

After the boys moved out and Denny retired, music and the tuba almost dominated his every moment. He played with the Skagit Valley Community Band; became a member of the Happy Wanderers, who frequented the Autumn Leaf Festival and the Tree Lighting Festival in Leavenworth, Wash.; He played bass (tuba) in the Hugo Accordion Band out of Mount Vernon, spent fifteen years playing with the W.T. Preston Jazz Band on the Sternwheeler in Anacortes; accompanied the Oak Harbor Community Band in the 1980’s; galivanted around Oak Harbor with Jan Ellis performing in the various Holland Happenings events and any number of places people would ask them to play around town. He always humbly felt as if he was not a musician, but he believed that “Life without music was a mistake” and he had the bumper sticker to prove it.

A number of phrases describe Denny. Examples from those close to him and with whom he taught and performed were a great sense of humor, constantly smiling, a huge heart, full of spirit, a zest for life, very loving, supportive to family, and a helpful personality.

Those surviving Denny are his loving wife Nancy; son, Alex (Sandy) Moody and son, Andy Moody; Daughter-in-law, Linda Moody; 14 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and one sister, Adonna Wright.

Preceding him in death are his parents; son, Alan Moody; one grandson, Matt Moody; two brothers, Clyde and Doyle; and two sisters, Yetive Meade and Floye Gundersen.

The Moody family would like to thank all the staff at Whidbey Health Medical Center, and our family and friends. You know who you are!

Memorials in Denny’s name can be made out to the Skagit Valley Community Band. Visit their webpage online at http://skagitcommunityband.org/pdfs/scb_donations.pdf for access to their donation form which can be mailed in the post. Another way to give your support is to use this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1874499 for shopping at Amazon. When you do this, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to the band.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    A Celebration of Life
    Address
    WA
  • Reception

    Location
    Wallin Funeral Home & Cremation, LLC
    Address
    1811 NE 16th Ave
    OAK HARBOR, WA 98277
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    Notes
    Family and friends are invited to attend the reception immediately following the service.

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Bill Gurney

Posted at 11:32pm
I played in community bands with Denny in
Mount Vernon and Oak Harbor. He was a nice guy and a fine tuba player. I know he will be missed by many!
Rest In Peace Denny!
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Elwin D Adams

Posted at 07:59pm
Thank you to Denny for taking me on as a friend so many years ago - and for the many games of checkers we played together. I hate to admit that I only won once - and I think it might have been because he let me! He a so good at that game! I
think of him often and always with a warm heart. Greatest condolences to the family from "Bud" Adams.
LH

Lynn and Frank Handy

Posted at 01:19am
I absolutely lovedvaying my flute ehen Denny would bring his tuba to various Bretvick and other affairs. I saw him last at Dad's 90th, Dad was very happy. Deep condolences to Nancy and the family. He is already Missed!

Dawn Adkins

Posted at 05:39pm
Nancy, so sorry for you and your families loss. I always loved seeing you both at the Festival of Trees and hearing Denman play. Sending you prayers of comfort and peace through this time. Hugs
Love from your Mom and Dad's old neighbors
Dawn Mahler
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CRAIG DOUGHERTY

Posted at 12:18am
"WAITING FOR THE WT....!" STILL HAVE THAT CD.......SAW DAD JUST A FEW WEEKENDS BACK WHEN THE GIRLS WERE IN FROM MARYLAND WITH ALL THE GRAND KIDS.....HE REVELED IN HAVING THEM IN THE HOUSE, THE WEATHER WAS COLD ENOUGH TO KEEP THEM INSIDE, HE HAD A BLAST ! I ALREADY MISS HIM !! FOR ALL OF THE CLAN DOUGHERTY, OUR LOVE TO ALL GOING FORWARD !!! XOX > !!!! CRAIG & CHRISTINE ................
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