Our hero David Snow Moody joined his loved one just two months after her death on January 29, 2022. He did everything good! He lived a Christlike life by serving, loving, and lifting others. He was always cheerful and friendly. He loved to laugh. He was a spiritual giant and the best father we could have asked for. We will miss him terribly but we are so happy to think he is back with mom. She was his true happiness!
David was born on June 19, 1936 in Delta, Utah to Milton Ward and Inez Snow Moody along with his beloved twin sister Dorene. He often spoke of his childhood in Delta. Dorene was his dear friend and champion growing up. Through the family business Moody Brothers, the family was well known in the community. Delta offered a wealth of friendships and adventures. He enjoyed playing football, basketball, baseball and running on the Delta Rabbits running team. He was a business partner in the family business Moody Brothers and sought adventure in old mines, Topaz Mountain and the surrounding area. His parents were faithful and exemplified the importance of missionary work and the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
David served a three-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand, where he immersed himself in the work of the Lord. He loved the people and served them with all he had to give and spoke of his missionary experiences for the rest of his life. While in New Zealand, David helped build the Hamilton New Zealand Temple, played basketball on a traveling team, worked in the mission office, provided visiting ministry for prophets and General Authorities, and most importantly, shared the gospel of Jesus Christ.
After his mission, David attended Brigham Young University. As BYU Young Men President, he met Janice McDaniel. They married on February 1, 1961, and he spoke of her the rest of his life as if she were the young, beautiful baby he met at BYU. After graduating from BYU, they moved to Delta, Utah, where they began having children and working for the family’s seed cleaning business. Delta was paradise for them. They had four children there and loved lifeboating on the reservoir, playing on the farm, serving in church vocations, and forming friendships that would last a lifetime.
In 1970, David and Janice moved their family to Murray, Utah. David began teaching at Murray High School Seminary. He was skilled at teaching and devoted 31 years to teaching youth. He saw children with many challenges and gave them opportunities to serve one another. They felt his love for them and for many the time he spent in his classes was life changing. In the afternoons and summers, David hired students and family members to maintain properties from Brigham City to Spanish Fork. We spent a few summer weeks camping and spraying weeds in the Strawberry Basin. He installed cabinets, drove trucks, maintained lawns, and did many odd jobs to support his family.
In Murray they had two more children. As a father, he was friendly, fun-loving, hardworking, faithful and loyal. He spent time playing tag with his sons, exercising, and playing sports year-round. He took the family to BYU football games. At the dinner table and in family home evening we learned gospel principles.
Worship was always a priority for David. He made many memories of Boy Scout camps with the young men. He served as bishop of our family ward and the first single adult ward in Murray, then in the stake presidency in two stakes in Murray. He lovingly ministered to his neighbors by fixing sprinklers, shoveling snow, helping with garden projects, and visiting those in need. Everyone was his friend.
David was looking forward to retiring with Janice. They planned to travel and serve missions. They have been blessed to serve two missions in New Zealand and one mission at the Ukrainian Teaching Institute. They also served in their home stake as missionaries in support of members and leaders. They enjoyed traveling to San Francisco, Washington DC, Egypt, Israel and New Zealand, spending time with friends and attending their grandchildren’s activities.
David is survived by his six children and their spouses Trish Bytheway (Sid), Paul (Sharla), Russ (Dana), Doug (Tressa), Brian (Jenny), Jami Jeppesen (Scott), 29 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, and his sisters Jeneal Peterson and Elizabeth Anderson.
Friends and family are invited to attend David’s viewing on Friday, February 11, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, 6300 South 300, East, Murray, Utah. The funeral will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the same location. Burial is at Murray City Cemetery, 5490 S. Vine Street, Murray, UT. Worship services are also streamed live (See Jenkins Soffe Events page for David Moody)
Published by Deseret News on February 4-5, 2022.