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John Duane Moody

05/27/1932 - 06/10/2023
Service Date: 06/17/2023
Service Time: 11:00 am
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1249 S 48th St Mesa
Visitation Date: 06/17/2023
Visitation Time: 10:00 am
Visitation Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

John Duane Moody, age 91, passed through the veil May 10, 2023 to return to his heavenly home. There to welcome him were his parents Laverne Wright and Bryant Moody and 5 brothers and sisters Myrlene, Dwight, Venor, Carol and Mary. He left behind his wife Kay, children Lisa Burton, Jan DeWitt, Brent Moody and Andrea Rubio, 12 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

John was born in Hinckley UT, where he lived until joining the Air force in 1952. John went to college at BYU where he met his wife Kay. They made a final move to Scottsdale Arizona where  John taught grade school until he retired. They spent every summer since living in Scottsdale enjoying the beautiful mountains in Lakeside, Az.

Those who knew him are privileged to the legacy he left behind.. The family bonds created while experiencing his love of the outdoors and our beautiful world. From respecting a single flower growing on the forest floor to climbing Mount Baldy and looking at the world from the highest mountain. He enjoyed fishing in streams and lakes, camping in the mountains and camping on the beaches in Mexico. Many adventures during which he made good solid friendships that lasted a lifetime. He was a storyteller, he often included times of his work as forest ranger, or his life growing up and always with a touch of his famous sarcastic humor.  Luckily he passed this humor on to his children. And last his love and faith in the savior Jesus Christ and dedication to his gospel.

John was an honorable man, looked up to and respected by all.  We cherish the memories we are blessed with and will hold them close until we meet again.

Servicing will be Saturday June 17th

Viewing 10;00:-1100 am

Service 11:00 am


Church of Latter day saints

1249 S. 48th St

   Mesa AZ 85206

Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • Susie mariscal

    To all the Moody Family especially to Andy Rubio We’re so sorry for your loss may God give you peace and to your mom My Prayer’s are with you.

  • Melissa Gavlak

    My thoughts are with DeWitt Family & all of John’s family. He left a beautiful legacy in his lovely family. Wishing peace to all who loved John.

  • Andrea Rubio (daughter)

    The power of a dad in a child’s life is unmatched.

    Quote, “Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers and singers of song”
    My Dad was my hero, he was a perfectionist, he was perfect to me, he was seldom wrong.
    My Dad influenced me to become the person I am
    Taught me not to lie or make fun of another
    He taught me what true love is by the way he loved my mother
    He could find a fix to any circumstance
    He was my first date and first dance
    He taught me to drive, told me go slow, said if it didn’t start on the first try I wasn’t allowed to go. Ha!
    He had lots of toys ATVs, dune buggies. Sand rails, Rhino, fishing boat,, motorcycle, his big red truck and canoe
    He appreciated nature, every flower, plant animal and tree, he knew.
    Loved to travel, Atlanta, UtaH, San Jose, Hawaii, Puerto Rico,, Missouri, California, wyoming, Nevada, Colorado, Lake Powell, Aruba
    Snow skiing, fishing, tubing, bike rides, car rides, lakeside picnics and scuba
    Listening to Stories, roasting marshmallows by campfire, kick the can in the Hansens apple orchard,Campground movies and riding horses
    Quick responses with his sarcastic sense of humor
    An honorable father, he always made right choices
    Our patriarch, our leader, wise and respected always felt his love, always safe and protected……
    And when I looked in his eyes and said with sweet and sincere
    I promised to love his red truck, to cherish it, wash and wax it and treat it with care
    I always got the “look” he would say nothing just stare. (Don’t laugh Dad!)
    We went camping in the forest, by streams and the beach
    He took me to Broadway musicals
    He taught me Delta Utah makes the best cheese
    He always stood up for his principals
    He made believe I could fix anything. If he could do it I could too!
    Planted beautiful flowers every year, me too!
    I watched him Fixed his own cars. Me too!
    His sarcastic sarcastic sense of humor well ya…me too!
    Often of late he would approach me with tears in his eyes, he would hug me crying and start confessing
    His emotions overwhelming. How he loved Mom and loved his family. After 90 years there was no question. The love of a family is a life’s greatest blessing.

  • Tamara Ellsworth Francis

    I have such fond memories of John Moody, he had a wonderful sense of humor and was so kind to me as a teenager. I spent many hours with Lisa his oldest daughter, who was a dear friend, he was always so supportive and helped us with our plans such as camping in the Superstitions and getting a surprise rain storm in the middle of the night. Kay, Lisa, Jan, Brent and Andrea I am praying for your family. May the good memories of your father, who was such a wonderful gentleman, help you during this time of loss.

  • Roman Jorgensen

    it’s a sad event and it’s important to grieve but there’s also a positive side to everything as well. Grandpa is gonna look after grandma in ways now nobody can, he’s not restricted to his physical body anymore. He may not be there to hold her hand anymore but I promise you at all times he will be holding on to her heart. He will forever be her guardian angel especially now being right there with God in heaven at his side.

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