Lloyd Lovin, born Oct. 21, 1946, to John Lovin and Alice Quereau in New Iberia, La., died April 8, 2013, in Fredericksburg, Texas.
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His mom called him Meaux, but to folks in Alaska, he was just "Moe." That name fits! He was one of the kindest and most gentle souls ever put on this earth. He was always a bachelor, but helped many friends and families along the way whenever they needed a "Moe." Strong as a bull, bigger than life, and a most amazing storyteller; he had worn many hats in his career, therefore lots of stories. His life was built around hard work and a complete love of hunting and fishing; these do go hand in hand.
Moe was proud to be part Cajun and part not. He came to Alaska on his motorcycle, and never went back. He spoke fondly of his youth and his adventures on the Comal River, his aunt Mertle and numerous other important folks.
Moe worked out with the Laborers Union during the pipeline days, and the cleanup of the Valdez oil spill. He retired from the Laborers after 30 years of service. In the beginning, he worked as a packer for "The Colonel" Colonel Witt, retired military, guiding for big game in the Brooks Range and other parts of Alaska. Later, friends Mike, Randy and Moe set up their own guiding business out of Iliamna, called "M M M Guiding." They were very successful for many years guiding for brown bear and caribou in the area of Lake Gibralter and on the Nushigak and Klutipuk Rivers.
The Nowitna river, "the Novi," had a hold on Moe and many of his friends. Every fall, all would outfit their river boats and go "up the Novi" for the month of September. This continues to this day with the folks who are still around. Moe's ashes will take their final trip, with many wonderful lifelong friends and family, "up the Novi" this fall to rest.
Moe had a log cabin on Haystack Mountain off the Elliott Highway just a little past the Hilltop Truck Stop. Moe never had electricity, nor running water, but that was out of choice. Moe thrived on "ruffin' it," his Alaskan lifestyle. The first winter he was in Alaska, he slept in a friend's chicken house ... with the chickens, and the next winter he spent in a tent at 50-below at times. There are lots of great stories here.
He spent much of his time with the DeNardo family. Frank was his adopted father and Ann was his mom. Of course, that made Trish and Dave and Tom DeNardo his siblings, and that worked out just fine for all of them. Moe was a DeNardo! He was a Hull as well. The Hulls came in handy. Moe worked out of town a lot and he needed a place for his beloved dog, "Buddy" (second chocolate lab). Those dogs were truly his kids. He took great pleasure this past year, knowing that "Buddy Lovin" got a full share in his will. Buddy will be "livin' large," and Moe is ecstatic about that.
Moe loved his country, the state of Alaska, his sister, Lou, his dogs, and his friends. He was a lifetime member of the NRA, an avid gun collector, with everything that goes along with that. He lived to hunt and fish. He bought a "6 Pak" charter boat he named "The Alaskan Dream" in Homer and was working on his commercial charter license when he found he needed back surgery. Things went downhill from there. He went out to Texas to be with his sister and brother-in-law to have surgery done. It did not do what it was intended to do, and Moe was no longer able to do the things he loved. He never was able to get back to Alaska. His sister, Lou, loved and cared for him for the last six years in Texas, and he was eternally grateful to her for that, but his greatest desire was to "get back to Alaska." He is finally coming home.
Moe was a complex, but simple man. There is no space to cover his entire life. We, his friends and family, are simply blessed to have been a part of his life. Thanks, Moe, for everything, WE LOVE YOU!
There will be a celebration of life for Moe and for Tom DeNardo, at 5 p.m. May 4, 2013, upstairs in The Antler Room at The Elks Club in Fairbanks. You are invited to come to the traditional "Spaghetti Feed" and to share stories and memories of both Tom and Moe.
Donations may be made in Moe's memory, to NAMI of Fairbanks, "Ann DeNardo Memorial Scholarship Fund," P.O. Box 72543 Fairbanks, AK 99707.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 28, 2013