Gary was born on Aug. 21, 1955, in Delta, to Elbridge and Billie (Cassell) Moody. He graduated from Longmont High School in 1973 and went on to the University of Northern Colorado where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in 1978. Gary attended the University of Iowa where he got his master’s degree and later continued his education by obtaining his doctorate also from University of Northern Colorado in 1995.
On Oct. 17, 1987, he married Risë Ammerman in Denver.
Gary worked at the Vail Mountain School for five years before joining the staff at Colorado State University where he was a professor in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance for 29 years. He was a member of the Des Moines Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Nico Milan Opera House in Cape Town, South Africa. From 1981 to 2008, he was principal bassoon with the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra. Gary was also an entrepreneur and in 1990 started a business, GEM Woodwind Products.
Gary loved his family, music, teaching, was an avid biker, world traveler, and lifelong learner.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Gary is survived by his wife Risë; his brother Rick (Christine) Moody; his sister Rebecca (Jeff) Clark; his brother-in-law Ravel (Sharon) Ammerman; six nieces and nephews and seven great-nieces and nephews.
Private family services will be held. Cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory.