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John H. Moran


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John H. Moran Obituary
April 14, 1942 - October 3, 2017 John Hutchison Moran, 75, of Altadena, CA, passed away at home on October 3, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. John and his identical twin brother, Jim were born on April 14, 1942 in Waltham, MA to Joseph and Ethel Moran. He is survived by his wife, Madeleine and his son, Jeffrey, daughter-in-law Maranda and granddaughter Mattox. He is also survived by his older brother, Joseph and his spouse Dorothy, along with numerous nieces and nephews. The Moran Family moved from the east coast to California in the 1953 and made idyllic Pasadena, CA their home. John's love of the sea was likely planted by his father, a Navy veteran, and in earnest while working summers in San Clemente on local fishing boats. Fishing (and later conservation of fisheries) would remain foundational passions for him throughout his life. After graduating from Pasadena High School and earning a degree in Business from Woodbury University, John began his first career in retail. John and Madeleine were introduced on a blind date, and Madeleine was almost immediately certain they were destined to be together. Her intuition proved true; John and Madeleine celebrated their 52nd year of marriage earlier this year. Art and antiques were another big part of John's life: In 1969, he launched John Moran Auctioneers, Inc. located on South Lake Street in Pasadena, CA. During an interview with the Pasadena Star News in 1988 he attributed his success to "a hobby that got out of control". Today, the firm employs 20 people and is internationally ranked among the Top 250 auction firms. To people familiar with the business, John Moran Auctioneers is best known for honest dealings, professional service and record prices. As the company founder, John was able to leverage his success as a businessman to mentor employees and friends, and encourage others to pursue their dreams in life. More than anything, John Moran left behind a legacy of love and compassion. John was always cognizant of his good fortune, and because of this it was of great personal importance to give back to his community; community service and civic outreach occupied large portions of his life. John was a man of action, and generally preferred to working on the ground level with those in need (cooking meals, collecting property for donation, etc.) over serving on nonprofit boards; however, at Union Station in Pasadena, he did both. John was particularly drawn to charitable organizations benefiting local women, children, arts programs and education. Over the last 15 years, John donated hundreds of winter jackets and distributed them to homeless shelters throughout the San Gabriel Valley. In recognition of his dedication, John was named Citizen of the Year by Friends in Deed in 2015. A memorial service will be held at 2 P.M. on Thursday, November 30th at All Saints Episcopal Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, CA. Family and friends are welcome to join in celebrating John's life. A celebration of life party will follow at 4 P.M. in Altadena, CA with details provided at memorial service. In lieu of flowers and in keeping with his spirit of giving, John preferred a donation made in his memory to Friends in Deed - Pasadena.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2017
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