Moody Garden is named after a man, Robert J. Moody who devoted his life to serving the youth, community, and agriculture in Yuma County. Born and raised in Montana he then enrolled in Forestry at the University of Montana. Finishing his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Arizona and graduated in 1940. He was then hired by the Agricultural Economics Department, College of Agriculture as an Assistant Agriculture Agent in Pima County. Among his many responsibilities during the war years, he had a weekly radio program on Victory Gardens.
In 1944 he became County Extension Agent in Yuma for the University of Arizona. In 1949 he had the opportunity to realize his dream of farming and enjoyed that occupation in Yuma County for 15 years. He worked for the Bureau of Reclamation for many years before starting his own appraisal company in 1978, which allowed him to continue his involvement in agriculture.
Accomplishments and recognitions are numerous during his tenure in Yuma:
Developed the 4-H youth program in Yuma County
4-H Leader for more than 30 years
Helped initiate and institute the first Yuma County Fair
Organized the Yuma County Junior Livestock Committee – Founding Board Member
Arizona Cotton Growers Association – Board of Directors
Arizona Cattle Growers Association
Arizona Farm Bureau
Arizona Crop Improvement Association
Yuma County Research Advisory Council
State Extension Advisory Council
Prepared a report on the agricultural potential of the Wellton-Mohawk area, which helped lead to federal funding of that irrigation district.
Arizona’s Father of the Year 1959
Member of the Crane School District Board for 5 years
Member of the Yuma Union High School District Board for 25 years
Member and past President of the Somerton and Yuma Rotary Clubs for over 30 years
Hospice of Yuma Community Advisory council
Education Foundation of Yuma County –Charter member
Elder of the First Presbyterian Church
1983 Yuma County Citizen of the Year

1992 Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Arizona
2000 Distinguished Citizen Award from U. of A. Alumni Association in recognition of “Outstanding Service as a Citizen”
Robert (Bob) J. Moody 14th Nov 1914 – 27th Dec 2000
It’s easy to see why Moody Garden is named after Robert J Moody. He spent his life making Yuma a better place to live. If you ever desire a quiet respite away from the hustle and bustle of ordinary life taking a stroll through the garden named after this beloved citizen. You will find your soul and many plants and artifacts that personally belonged to him there.