Elias Thomas ‘Tom’ Moody Jr.

December 23, 2010 • Obituaries

Tom Moody, 94, passed away Dec. 15, 2010, of natural causes. Tom was born March 18, 1916, in Thackerville, Okla., to E. T. Moody Sr. and Mary B. Cooper Moody. Both parents preceded him in death. At a young age, he and his family moved to Texas, then to Portales, N.M., where Tom was raised and graduated from high school. He attended Eastern New Mexico University, where he met his future wife, Juanita Fern Page.

They were married on March 18, 1936, at Elida. Together they managed a store at Cumbres Pass, N.M., until he went to work for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish at the Parkview Fish Hatchery. At the outbreak of World War II, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and graduated in the third [auth] class of the B-29 Bomber School at Lowrey Field.

He was a Remote Control Turret Mechanic and was crew chief in charge of inspection, maintenance and repair of the central fire control system on B-29 aircraft. He was section head in the Remote Control school at Clovis Air Forces Base (now Cannon AFB), in charge of operations and supervised the duties of 21 instructors. Upon his honorable discharge after the war was won, he returned to the Game and Fish Department to pursue his passion and career in management and protection of New Mexico’s game and fish resources, serving first as foreman of the Seven Springs, and then the Parkview and Red River Fish Hatcheries.

In 1954, he was assigned as game warden in the Jemez Mountain area. He was subsequently area supervisor for the southeast quarter of the state, and retired as assistant director of the department in 1971 after 33 years service. Tom was a “people person” and one of his great joys was interacting with his co-workers in the department. After retirement he worked in guest services at the Santa Fe and Albuquerque Downs racetracks for a number of years. Another of his great loves was outdoor living and touring the North American continent.

Finally retiring completely, he and Fern traveled extensively by motor home, often accompanied by their grandchildren. Tom is survived by his beloved Fern, of Roswell, N.M. Other survivors include one son, Tommy and wife, Delpha, of Roswell; grandson Thomas R. and wife, Ami, of Roswell; grandson Clay and wife, Ren, of Omaha, Neb.; grandson Levi and wife, Sabrina, of Roswell; and great-grandchildren Skieler, Jordan, Garrett, Jacob and Kylee. Tom was of the First Christian faith, had a good life on this Earth, and is now at rest with the Lord, Cremation is under the direction of Anderson- Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date and concerned parties will be advised.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those wishing to provide a small memorial can make a contribution to the New Mexico Conservation Officers Association, C/O Ty Jackson, #91 Mountain Meadows, Cimarron, NM 87714. The family expresses their kindest regards for the tender and loving care provided to Tom by the caregivers and staff at Villa del Rey Assisted Living Center.

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