Maurice Stanley Moyle

On January 30, 2020, at the age of 84, surrounded by his loving wife, children, and grandchildren, Maurice Stanley Moyle left this earthly world.

Maurice was born on May 5, 1935, in Lone Pine, California. Lone Pine is 150 miles from the mining town of Bodie, California where his parents, Stanley Moyle and Mabel Miller, were living. At the time he had one sibling, Joyce Laverne (deceased) and would be followed by two more, Calvin Durand and Melvin Russell (deceased).

Maurice is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Celia Lowe, whom he married on Valentine’s Day in 1953, and his brother Calvin (Jan). Maurice and Celia brought six children into the world: Denise Marie Smith (Jack) who preceded him in death, Kevin Dwight (Cindy), David Wayne (Donna), Stanley Paul (Mary Ann), Amanda Williams (Rob), and Sean Steven (Heather). Twenty-one grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren completed his legacy.

His grandchildren are Matthew Moyle (Fran), Kimberly Moyle (Brandon Monson), Kelli Moyle Kappos (Brent), Sarah Moyle (Andrew Ikehara-Martin), Stephanie Moyle, Andrew Moyle, Joseph Moyle, Johnny Moyle (deceased), Katie Moyle, Jeffrey Chisum (Hillary), Benjamin Chisum (Nicole), Sean Chisum, Alex Chisum, Hilary Chisum Henry (Greg), Holly Moyle Kumler, Michelle Moyle Didier (Kurtis), Hannah Moyle Billen (Jake), Kellyn Moyle, Quinn Hull-Taylor Wilcher (Jordan), Tucker Hull-Taylor (Dani), and Madeline Hull-Taylor.

His great-grandchildren are Josephine, Juniper, Violette, Daisy, Owen, Mila, Lily, Blake, Oliver, Atticus, Eleanor, Murphy, with one more, Luca, on the way!

Maurice graduated from Mineral County High School in Hawthorne, Nevada, in 1953. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1959 in social studies and English. He earned his master’s degree in 1969 in education administration and English from Utah State University.

Maurice was a highly respected educator in his many roles in the public school system. He was a high school English teacher in Cheyenne and Yerington, community college English professor, football coach, and administrator. His administration roles included vice principal, principal, associate superintendent, and curriculum director. His nickname while in Yerington was “The Magnificent One.” After he retired in 1990, he took on temporary roles as principal at Dayton and Eureka and as a strategic planning consultant to several school districts.

In 1974, Maurice was baptized by his son Kevin into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was sealed to Celia in the Salt Lake City Temple in 1981. He served in many capacities including Bishop, Counselor to President Oris Corbridge in the Reno Temple, and as President of the Reno Temple from November 2007 to November 2010. He loved the temple patrons and those with whom he served. His temple marriage and temple service were profoundly transformative. His temple experiences made all the difference. “It changed my life,” he said. His life exemplified his testimony of and his love for the Savior.

Maurice was a life-long athlete. He was a stand-out high school quarterback, forward, and sprinter. He always maintained his physical fitness despite the demands of six children, the increasing responsibilities of his profession, and the commitment to his church. After age 40 he ran five marathons and multiple 5Ks, 10Ks, and half-marathons. He twice completed the week-long ~500-mile Cycle Oregon event. At age 80, he ran his last 5K race at the World Senior Games in St. George, Utah.

Maurice loved the outdoors. The trailer at Webber Lake and the cabin at Panguitch Lake were like second homes. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. Although he delighted at hooking a fish himself, nothing pleased him more than to hear one of his kids or grandkids shout out, “Papa, I caught one!”  He often spent more time baiting hooks, unhooking wriggling fish, untangling fishing line, and freeing snags than he spent with his own line in the water.

Papa loved his dog Buddy, whom he got at a Walmart parking lot in Cedar City. Constantly at his side, Buddy and Papa went for many long runs together in the desert behind their house.  As they both aged, their runs turned into leisurely walks. Papa was heartbroken when Buddy died in 2018.

Perhaps more than anything, Papa loved and took pride in his family. He was married to his sweetheart Celia for 67 years. They were each other’s spiritual support, confidants, care givers, and best friends. Papa took special delight in the little kids. He couldn’t resist affectionately pinching the chubby cheeks of his babies and grandbabies. The grandkids cherished his camping and fishing trips with delicious meals like cowboy breakfast, hot cakes, and Dutch oven chicken. All the kids loved it when he read them storybooks, told corny jokes, and retold stories that made them laugh.

Maurice had a positive impact on literally thousands of lives as an educator, church leader, and patriarch of his family. While he was in the hospital, the constant flow of visitors showering him with love was but one small indicator of the wide circle of people who cherished their relationships him. He was loved by so many. We will miss him dearly.

Funeral services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center, 2955 Rock Boulevard in Sparks Nevada on Saturday, February 8, 2020. A viewing will be at 10:00 am followed by funeral services at 11:00 am. Dedication of the grave and burial will follow on Monday, February 10, at 11:00 am at the Summit City Cemetery in Summit, Utah.

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  • I loved mr moyle. Always fair, always polite, always smiling, always positive. Always Mr moyle!! Did a wonderful, “hike in” fishing, camping trip with lynn, Mr moyle and David (i believe David and i were seniors but you would have to ask him for the correct year). David and I hiked up to the “good pools” and caught paiute trout (very illegal). It was a good,good couple days and not a real far or hard hike as Lynn had a key to the gate. Same mr moyle, same smile, same attitude, just mr moyle……there was no difference between the camper out in the wilderness and the principal during our high school days. If i may say….Mrs moyle has always seemed to have the same above mentioned everything as “her” high school sweetheart. And if i may say again…..I haven’t been around the moyle kids for quite some years but each and every one had the same wonderful traits as thier parents. Yep, I love the moyle family…..Mr moyle did good, damn good!!! Threw that “damn” in there cause I knew it would make David and Stanley smile. Yep….i loved mr moyle……

    • Thanks, Dan. Maurice was very fond of you, despite your shall we say shenanigans. He especially liked to watch you wrestle. Love you, bro.

  • Lee Ann Gallaher
    February 4, 2020 9:08 pm

    Moyle family, sending prayers that soothe.
    When I won the drama award in Denise’s name, your dad taught me about grace, strength, and kindness in the midst of raw grief, as he hugged me, while I whispered, “I’m sorry. I wish this were under different circumstances.”
    May he rest now.

  • My condolences to the whole Moyle Family. I had tremendous respect for Mr. Moyle and his whole family. He was an icon in Yerington when I knew him, and in several other arenas after he left YHS, it seems. May you find peace in the memories and legacy he left behind. Celia, My piano teacher, I especially hold you in my heart and prayers in the coming months.

  • COlleen wOrlton
    February 6, 2020 3:44 am

    My high school principal, my church Bishop, a mentor and friend-so grateful for his example and kindness in my life. Our love to Celia and the family-May you be comforted at this time.?

  • Dave & Kelli Chism
    February 7, 2020 1:06 am

    Maurice had a profound influence on a number of people, and at a number of levels.
    ‘The patriarch’ left quite a legacy with the Moyle clan. Our deepest condolences.

  • “The magnificent one”— the most accurate words ever spoken. We will miss his beautiful presence in our lives! Wishing love and prayers and comfort to all his beloved family and friends.

  • Maryelle Stoddard
    February 7, 2020 9:29 pm

    President Moyle was my bishop, home teacher, family friend for many years. I remember seeing him jog often in the desert behind our house. He was the one called whenever we needed a blessing of healing when we were sick. He cooked great food in his dutch oven. I remember him always being kind with a smile on his face.

  • Del and Jill Pursel
    February 10, 2020 2:33 am

    Maurice Moyle has been an extraordinary influence in our lives from our youthful days at Yerington High. His classrooms were a tight ship and he demanded our best effort but we learned so much about the importance of discipline and commitment to truth. Those attributes we learned in his classroom have been pillars of strength throughout our lives. We often find ourselves giving Mr Moyle credit for many skills we have developed over the years. As an English teacher he inspired Jill to become a teacher! His spiritual example had a profound influence on our own desires to serve the Lord we are so grateful that he touched our lives


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