The Curry Coastal Pilot

Former Brookings resident Lawrence Dale Moody, age 73, of Cave Junction, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at his home. Lawrence was bom May 2, 1939, in Dearborn, Mich., to Wells and Thelma Moody.

He served in the U.S. Navy for four years and was honorably discharged in July, 1960.

For 39 years he worked for South Coast Lumber in Brookings. He ran heavy equipment and drove 18-wheelers until 1999.

In May 1999 he moved to Alaska where he did a lot of fishing - what fun.

In August 2006, he returned to Cave Junction. Lawrence enjoyed hunting and grew up fishing and swimming in the Chetco River. He met his wife, Margie Matlock, on the river when he was 15 years old. The two married June 27, 1982.

Survivors include his wife Margie of Cave Junction; daughter Laura and her husband David Lee of Aurora, Colo.; stepchildren Lloyd Matlock and wife Linda of Brookings; Vanette Musser and husband William of Naukati, Alaska, and Tara Blair and husband Max of Thorne Bay, Alaska; grandchildren Daniel, David, Jenna, Matthew, Angel, Duke, Joshua, Matthew, Sonny, Jason, Korrisa and Nathan; his brothers Albin Moody and wife Fran of Talent, Arthur Moody and wife Nancy of Cave Junction, and Roger Moody and wife Marty of Harbor. Also surviving are seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother William Moody.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements under the direction of Illinois Valley Funeral Directors.

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Submitted by the family.