Ret. Fire Chief Moody

Orville “Butch” Lee Moody Retired Fire Chief of the Bonita-Sunnyside Fire Protection District


November 26, 1935 – December 5, 2014 Bonita, California

Butch was called home on December 5 at the age of 79. He was born in Missouri and settled in Long Beach, California with his parents when he was a young child and attended public school. While attending Jordon high school he met his life partner of 58 years, his beautiful wife Wanda. They married on April 14, 1956. After serving eight years in the National Guard, Butch worked for International Harvester as a sales representative. In September 1960 Butch and his family were transferred to the San Diego branch of International Harvester where he continued to work as a sales representative. In 1962 Norm Presley asked Butch to join their sales staff at Norm Presley Truck Company. Butch with the help of co-workers and English to Spanish albums, taught himself to speak Spanish and serviced the Spanish speaking customer accounts at Norm Presley Truck Company. On January 1, 1967 Butch started his career as a firefighter with the Bonita-Sunnyside Fire Protection District and continued to work part time for Norm Presley to support his family which had now grown to five. He worked his way through the ranks becoming Fire Chief of the District on April 1, 1981. Butch served thirty-three years in the fire service, nineteen years as fire chief. During his nineteen year leadership as Fire Chief, the District was able to purchase the property at 4900 Bonita Road and build a new 10,000 square foot fire station. His career gave him the opportunity to work with the State Fire Marshal’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, Cross train the Bomberos from Mexico and serve as President and Treasurer of San Diego County Fire Chiefs Association. Butch was involved with many organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Burn Institute, Toys for Tots and the Bonita Business & Professional Association just to name a few. Butch loved people and would help you in any way he could, he was kind to a fault putting his family and others before himself. His love for life included watching his grandson Tyler play baseball, sharing the fire station with his granddaughter Rylie and spending time with his family. His hobbies included hunting, dancing, karaoke, roller skating and flying in his plane. Butch is survived by his wife Wanda, Daughters Toni Moody, Susan Moody, Jill Jones and her husband Michael, grandchildren Tyler and Rylie, his sister Lolita Jones and her husband Bob. Butch you will be missed and we are all better people because of your kindness and inspiration.