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William "Bill" Henry Moehn

June 23, 1939 — August 22, 2017

William “Bill” H. Moehn, 78, a resident of Springerville, passed away Tuesday, August 22, 2017 in Alpine. William was born June 23, 1939 in Crookston, Minnesota, the son of Harold Henry Moehn and Emily J. Brottem Moehn. Bill was born and raised in Crookston, Minnesota. Bill graduated from high school in 1957 where he played ice hockey, baseball and basketball; he was a “switch hitter” in basketball and baseball. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in silviculture in March 1962. While there he also took up archery and handball. In April he married Joyce Hanson, also of Crookston, Minnesota. In September they moved to Prescott where he started his career with the U.S. Forest Service on the Prescott National Forest. During the years Bill and Joyce lived in Prescott, their first two children, Jeff and Pamela, were born. In 1968, the family moved to Globe where he became the district ranger on the Globe District of the Tonto National Forest. He also wrote a weekly column in the local paper. In 1971, Bill and his family moved to Alpine. Two weeks after moving there, their third child, Michael, was born. Here Bill was the District Ranger on the Black River Ranger District which later combined with and became known as the Alpine Ranger District. In Alpine Bill learned how to golf, a sport he would enjoy for years to come. He also played basketball and volleyball while there. Hunting and fishing were also on his schedule. During the winter months he enjoyed joining the crew to do some prescribe burning. One particular winter with heavy snow fall he once again joined the crew to shovel snow off the dining hall at Hannagan Meadow. The snow was so deep that they had to shovel the snow up off the roof. Bill and his family relocated to Taos, New Mexico in 1978, when he became the Recreation and Lands Staff Officer on the Carson National Forest. There were five different ski areas just a short distance from Taos and of course he learned both downhill and cross country skiing. He also continued to play both team basketball and softball. In June of 1994, Bill retired after 32 years with the Forest Service and Joyce and he moved to Springerville where he began his second career in woodworking. Their handmade crafts are spread all over the White Mountains. In recent years Bill donated his time helping unload the food trucks at Round Valley Senior Center, United Food Bank. He was also a member of Alpine Country Club, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, NRA, and a Life member of BPOE. Bill was a man of few words who loved his family and cherished his friends. Bill is survived by his wife of Springerville; son, Jeff H. Moehn, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Jeff’s children: Ricky Moehn, Trinidad, Colorado; Brett Moehn, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Jeff’s stepdaughter: Amanda Sweetman, Trinidad, Colorodo; Amanda’s children: Emily and Sara; son, Michael (Sarah Garcia-Moehn) W. Moehn, Michael’s children, Kayla Moehn and Jacob Moehn, all of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; daughter, Pamela (Cory Jaramillo) M. Jaramillo; Pamela’s children; Niko and Zachary Jaramillo, all of Eagar. He was preceded in death by his parents. A visitation will be held Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Burnham Mortuary, Eagar, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m., seating is limited. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Alpine Elementary School in memory of Bill Moehn PO Box 170 Alpine, AZ 85920-0170. After the service, the Moehn family would like to invite family & friends to a reception at Avery’s BBQ, 262 W. Main, Springerville.
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