The Rev. Lloyd Judd wasn't one to raise his voice. He didn't have to. People were naturally drawn to the words he spoke. For years, they showed...

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The Rev. Lloyd Judd wasn’t one to raise his voice. He didn’t have to.

People were naturally drawn to the words he spoke. For years, they showed up to hear his Sunday sermons in Duvall, asked him to officiate at their weddings and sought his comfort in times of grief. Mr. Judd always knew what to say.

But perhaps his most cherished gift was knowing when to listen.

Even as the years crept up on him, taking his health, people often came to the former pastor for advice. He would sit back and hear them out. Sometimes, that’s all they wanted.

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Mr. Judd died Sept. 5 of congestive heart failure. He was 92.

A longtime religious and civic leader in Duvall — he served as mayor and city councilman — Mr. Judd never spoke about the emotional toll of helping others through life, said his daughter, Judy Griffin.

The personal rewards that came with such responsibility sustained him for decades, she said.

Since childhood, Mr. Judd was the designated caretaker.

Born on June 23, 1915 in Neosho, Mo., to Charles Clinton Judd and Cleo Thurman, he became the sole breadwinner as a young man after his father became ill and his two older brothers died, Griffin said.

When the family of six later moved to Portland, he supported them by working as a cobbler. It was here where he met Margaret Gross, a pretty teenager who caught his eye, and later became “his one and only,” Griffin said. The couple wed May 22, 1936, and had three children.

Mr. Judd never graduated from high school. By 1943, feeling a call to the ministry, he began preaching at the Methodist Church in Wilsonville, Ore.

In 1951, he was appointed pastor of the Evangelical Methodist Church in Moses Lake, Grant County, where he also worked as a welder and warehouse supervisor at the former Larson Air Force Base.

He became a full-time pastor in 1956, and moved to Duvall with his family to take over the Duvall Evangelical Methodist Church in 1959.

Active in city politics, Mr. Judd served on the Duvall City Council and was mayor from 1969 to 1975.

He also volunteered at the fire department and eventually became one of Fire District 45’s first full-time, paid firefighters, a post he held from 1978 until 1982, said his granddaughter, Jennifer Aubrecht.

His wife, whom he often called his “better half,” died in 2003. Thirteen months ago, Mr. Judd entered the Duvall Family Adult Home.

Sometimes he wondered aloud why God hadn’t taken him sooner, said Mariana Bot, owner of the home.

“He was ready to go,” she said. “He said, ‘I think my work is done.’ “

He is survived by a sister, Edith Scott, of Portland; two sons, Ronald Lewis and Lloyd Charles “Chuck” Judd, and Griffin, all of Duvall; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Duvall Church Family Life Center, 15510 First Ave., at Northeast Stephens Street and First Avenue Northeast.

Sonia Krishnan: 206-515-5546 or skrishnan@seattletimes.com