Ronald Lee Moran
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Ron Moran was born in Boise, Idaho on May 25, 1939 and passed at the age of 73 on Saturday, November 17, 2012. He lived in Meridian and Nampa, ID most of his life. He learned the value of hard work early by delivering newspapers and working in the fields. He enjoyed many adventures as an Explorer Scout and was a member of the US Army Reserves. Due to an auto accident in 1958, he became a paraplegic. The staff of Vocation Rehabilitation gave Ron the opportunity to be independent, get an education, support himself and be a tax-paying citizen. Overcoming many obstacles, he attended Nampa Business College and worked for Town and Country Electric in Nampa. He soon realized he needed more education and with the help of Voc Rehab again, he attended Boise State University. In working with Ron, Voc Rehab staff soon realized the importance of an elevator in the BSU Admin Building and was instrumental in getting one installed. We owe a world of gratitude to Voc Rehab for all they have done for Ron.
Ron graduated from BSU in 1970 and was immediately hired by BSU to work in their Financial Aid Dept. He passed his CPA exam and became their Student Loan Manager, retiring in 2000. Ron served on many committees: Chairman of the Nampa Jaycee's National Vehicle Safety Check from 1966-67, Governor's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities, Statewide Rehabilitation Advisory Council, State Independent Living Council, and Idaho Inter-Agency Council on Secondary Transition. He is a true example for many - physically challenged or not.
Ron lived independently since 1959, having his own accessible home built in Nampa. He overcame many illnesses and obstacles. He thoroughly enjoyed auto racing and you would often see him sitting in his wheelchair in the stands at Meridian Speedway. Through the support of his family, he had the opportunity to fish, raft, boat, camp, snowmobile, travel, see Nascar Races and the first Pocono Race and enjoy many family gatherings at his mother's and siblings' homes. His most recent adventure was at the McGinley cabin at Smiths Ferry, riding his ATV over 2,500 miles on the trails with his camcorder.
Ron is survived by his mother, Helen Prescott; brother, Richard Moran; sisters: Doris (Larry) Wallace, Kay (Mac) McGinley, Linda (Gene) Hefner, and Louise (Dave) Frickey; 18 nephews and nieces and many great-nieces and nephews, all of whom Ron thoroughly enjoyed and were instrumental in his life. He was pre-deceased by his grandparents, Rasmus and Julia Hansen and Thomas and Ida Moran; his father Kenneth Moran; nephews Steven White and Steve McGinley and great-nephew Mike Sandoval.
The family would like to thank those who were instrumental in making Ron's life more pleasant, especially the staff of Vocational Rehabilitation, BSU,
Karcher Estates Assisted Living and Legacy Home Health and Hospice, especially Kevin Walker, RN, his doctors and caregivers, classmates and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Zeyer Funeral Chapel, 83 N. Midland Blvd. Nampa (467-7300). A viewing will be held from 9-9:30 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be at Meridian Cemetery.
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Nov. 20, 2012