Katherine Moyer
1949 - 2020
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Katherine 'Katie' Moyer
February 18, 1949 - December 20, 2020
Katherine 'Katie' Hollice Moyer passed away on December 20, 2020, in Escondido, California, at age 71. Katie was born February 18, 1949, in San Diego, the first of six children born to Robert and Barbara Lawler. Her passing was preceded by her son Nathan and survived by her husband Clifford, son Michael, daughter Caitlin, three grandchildren, and three brothers and three sisters.Katie was a unique person with a huge presence; she was sharp-witted, funny, and wonderfully irreverent. She was one of those who could fill a room with her liveliness and welcoming smile. Katie made people around her feel that they had known each other forever and was always there to help others. Katie will be missed by the many she has touched.Katie grew up in San Diego; she attended Holy Family, Montgomery Jr. High, and Kearny High School, where she was active in student government, choir, "D"-sisters, and numerous other activities. She then continued on to San Diego State. As a youth, she participated in Civic Arts for Youth plays in San Diego.Katie loved music and, while in high school, was a singer with R&B bands (where she met her husband Cliff) and later with a rock group that opened for and met groups Janis Joplin Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane, The Who and Vanilla Fudge. She left singing for love and marriage.Katie and her husband of 50 years lived in San Diego's Mission Beach, then Mira Mesa for a few years, moved to Mammoth Lakes, and returned to Escondido, where she lived the rest of her life.While in Escondido, she became an advocate for special needs children and was a constant presence at both Nicolayson Ctr. and LR Green, assisting in classrooms, PTA, Grant Funding, and student extra-curricular activities.In 2005 Katie was diagnosed with Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, a genetic liver/lung condition, and received a lung transplant in 2017. In 2020 she was diagnosed with cancer and shortly after succumbed to their complications. Never one to give up, she donated her remains to UCSD for scientific and scholastic studies.Katie loved life and was an enthusiastic, cheerful force in ours. She is irreplaceable and she will be deeply missed.Hopefully, an announce- ment can be made in Spring/Summer of 2021 for all who would like to attend a Celebration of life for Katie.For those of you wanting to honor Katie's memory, please consider making a donation in her name to the Alpha-1 Foundation (alpha1.org).

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 13, 2021
“Words fail...but friends do not.”
Katie was never just a friend she was always a Best Friend to us all. My husband Joe always described her smile as being bright enough to light up the Super Dome. Always kind, thoughtful, compassionate. funny and so very smart. From our childhoods through our last KHS ‘67 Reunion together, she never ever changed. One amazing and beautiful best friend is now the best Angel. Cliff: God will keep sending her to you in ways we cannot imagine-just as he did with Nate to her...and we all are keeping you and family clise in our hearts and prayers abound. Lots of Love, Karen & Joe❤
Karen & Joe Dorsey
January 11, 2021
My very 1st memory of katie was as a very shy 14 year old @ Montgomery Jr. High.... I heard this uproariously huge laugh in the hallway it was Katie..... I knew her name, because everyone knew her. She was always kind to me in those days, coming up to me in the library or cafeteria, saying “howyadoinkeed ?”
Later, I met her again @ Kearney High School. Then, l was a roadie for a popular “soul band “The Nite Lites.” katie was the singer with the band... man, could she belt out a song! Like “Heat wave “. It was in that band, where she met Cliff. The rest there is history. I’ll never forget going over to the Lawler house in Linda Vista, where I met the whole Lawler Brood... Mom & Dad & all the brilliant Lawler Siblings.... that was one fun household. That house was always filled with love, cheer, laughter and music......and Ma Lawler’s cookies.
Later I was at SDSU... I ran. Into Katie. It was as though a day had passed, same smile same laugh.
Cliff.... I’ll never forget the shine in your eyes at band practice & gigs when Katie came into the room or whenever you backed her up with your driving bass.
I’ll never forget Katie for her friendship, her journalistic advice.... and of course,
That wonderful laugh
You will be missed.
Patrick (Pat)
Patrick (Pat) Castaneda
January 11, 2021
Joel Cooper
January 10, 2021
Katie’s light will shine forever in the wonderful memories & stories her sisters are sharing. Love & peace to her family.
January 10, 2021
Katie always had a pleasing, encouraging tone in her voice which lifted the mood of the gathering.
Danny Fulkerson
January 10, 2021
Katie, my cousin, my friend, I have always loved you and that will continue. Every time we saw each other, I mean Every Time, from my earliest memories on, you made me feel loved. If we didn't talk for a year or maybe more, it didn't matter...we would carry on like it had been a day. We could laugh, we could cry, and it was easy. I will miss that so.
Everyone has the best things to say about you. They knew you well. You were and will always be loved by all who met you.
Andy LeBarron
January 10, 2021
Katie was a wonderful blessing in my life. We spend many many deep moments together sitting in the hospital overnight with Nate when he was born. I loved Nate so much and I loved and still love Katie with all my heart again she was one of my biggest blessings in my life was to have her in my life. Plus cliff Michael and Caitlin and all the Lawler Moyer family. Forever with love and friendship. Sandie Becker
Sandie Becker
January 10, 2021
Katie and I first met in July 1982. I had the privilege to be Nate the Great's neurologist until the time of his passing. Katie was an amazing and compassionate mother. Although Nate had an abundance of challenges, he foremost was deeply loved by his mother. I will never forget her endless smile and positive attitude even during the most difficult of times. Katie was a very special mother.
William Lewis
January 10, 2021
I wanted to add this clip from Union Tribune to my earlier post.
Jonnie Gilstrap
January 10, 2021
As a very young, shy, insecure drummer I remember Katie well for her disarming welcoming demeanor and smile. And when she fronted with Charlie Cross and The Nite Lites over many performances we had at NTC, NBSD, and MCRD and more. The Service men loved her stage presence.
I know she's making others feel welcome in heaven.
Jonnie Gilstrap
January 10, 2021
Katie was a dear friend of Vicki and I. We consider her and Clifford family. She will be deeply missed. Words cannot express what a wonderful person she was. She brought Joy to us on every occasion we were together. Love and condolences to Clifford and her entire family.
Ray and Vicki Short
January 10, 2021
If you knew Katie, you instantly fell in love with her. One of God’s angels has returned home.
Mike George
January 10, 2021
I am beyond words. I loved Katie Moyer. She was one of the most significant human beings I have ever met...gave selflessly to everyone, made a different for everyone. I worked with Katie at L. R. Green, and had both Mike and Kaitlin in my classroom.

Katies love, empathy and compassion has touched hundreds of lives and her legacy will live forever, not just in our hearts and minds but in how she taught us all to use creative empathy to effect positive change.
Jim Wickstrom
January 7, 2021
To the Lawler and the moyer family with all my love for all of you I keep you in my prayers. Katie was and always will be so special to me and hold such a special place in my heart.
Sandie Becker
January 6, 2021
Cliff, We are so so sorry to hear of Katie's passing. Our thoughts are with you. She was an amazing woman. My first neighbor & friend, after moving to Escondido, who we will always remember.
Love and Prayers to you Cliff, Caitlyn & Mike,
Helene, Mike, Lauren & Logan
Helene Cobb
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