Denman ‘Denny’ Moody: Oct. 24, 1932 – Feb. 21, 2020

Denny Moody, born Oct. 24, 1932, passed away in Coupeville, Wash. on Friday, Feb. 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 grades, 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. Penney Co., 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, 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 Tree Lighting Festival in Leavenworth, Wash.; He played bass (tuba) in the Hugo Accordion Band out of Mount Vernon, spent 15 years playing with the W.T. Preston Jazz Band on the Sternwheeler in Anacortes; accompanied the Oak Harbor Community Band in the 1980s; gallivanted 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 WhidbeyHealth 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 for access to their donation form which can be mailed in the post. Another way to give your support is to use this link: for shopping at Amazon. When you do this, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to the band.

A Celebration of Denny’s life will take place 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7 at Wallin Funeral Home in Oak Harbor, Wash. A reception will follow. Please visit Denny’s page in our Book of Memories online at to share memories and leave condolences.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home, Oak Harbor.

More in Obituaries

Gerald Edward Skaare: March 15, 1941 – April 17, 2020

Gerald Edward Skaare (Jerry), of Kennewick, Wash., passed away April 17, 2020… Continue reading

Charlotte Henke: Nov. 20, 1937 – May 15, 2020

Charlotte died peacefully at her home on South Whidbey Island on May… Continue reading

Duane Gimbel: Oct. 26, 1950 – June 26, 2020

Duane Gimbel died at age 69 on June 26, 2020, at home,… Continue reading

Julie D. Mayer: Jan. 25, 1942 – June 21, 2020

Julie Mayer, 78, of Coupeville, Wash., passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020… Continue reading

William ‘Bill’ Rudolph Rainey: April 15, 1944 – June 23, 2020

William “Bill” Rudolph Rainey passed away on June 23, 2020 at the… Continue reading

Ruth Royal: May 28, 1928 – June 17, 2020

Ruth Royal born May 15, 1928 in Seattle, Wash., died peacefully on… Continue reading

Matthew John Zuanich

Matthew John Zuanich died on June 15 in Everett, Wash., six weeks… Continue reading

If George Floyd was white, he would probably be alive

Editor, This is in response to Lisa Root’s letter to the editor.… Continue reading

Linda Marie Crawford Feit: April 12, 1941 – May 10, 2020

Linda Marie Crawford Feit was born at home on her family’s farm… Continue reading

Most Read