Longtime Soldotna resident Jon Michael Moran, 73, passed away, Sunday, May 19, 2013 at home from complications of a lengthy illness.
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A private family service will be held. Pallbearers will include Pat Moran, Dana Bush, Danny Helms, Skyler Coad, Dalton Bush and Zane Bush. Honorary pallbearers are Carroll Eby and Jeremy Windsor.
Mike was born Sept. 26, 1939 in Virginia City, Mont. He graduated from high school at age 16. He worked on a ranch as a boy and then worked construction and woodworking throughout his life. Also trapped in the winter and did some fur trading.
Mike also worked for the State of Montana DNRC at a reservoir, a dam and in irrigation. He was also the manager at the Ruby Valley Reservoir.
Mike and Evelyn were married Nov. 15, 1962, after 5 months courtship. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past November. They raised 4 children and in 1984 they relocated the family in Alaska. Mike was a member of the Catholic Church and had served as an altar boy. He was also a volunteer firefighter in Alder, Mont. Mike enjoyed family picnics and camping in Montana. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, making doll furniture for children and grandchildren, gardening and hunting for arrowheads.
God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around you and whispered, "Come to Me" With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we love you dearly, we could not make you stay. A Golden Heart stopped beating; hard working hands at rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mike is survived by his wife, Evelyn of Soldotna; son, Patrick Moran; daughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer and Dana Bush and Mary and Skyler Coad all of Soldotna, and Robin and Danny Helms of Duschesne, Utah; grandchildren, Lauren, Michael, Dalton, Zane, Lexee, Blake, Malayna, Cory, Klane, James, Jeremy and Sierra; great-grandchildren, Elias, Alyssa, Kylie, Mason, Chloe, Shelby and one due in the Fall; and a sister and brother-in-law, Sherry and Frank Claypool of Laurin, Mont.
Memorial donations may be made to
or to the National Rifle Association.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Please visit Mike's obituary and online guestbook at AlaskanFuneral.com.
Peninsula Memorial Chapel
5839 Kenai Spur Hwy.
Kenai, AK 99611
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on May 23, 2013