On Tuesday morning, March 19, 2019, John Moylan of Nampa passed away at the age 69 to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His friends and family made sure his final moments were filled with comfort, blessings, and unconditional love.
Born October 10, 1949 in Ottumwa, Iowa, John excelled both academically and athletically. He was incredibly fond of building his knowledge of math and science whenever he had the time. From Iowa to Nevada to Arizona to California to Idaho, no matter where he was he surrounded himself with science. When not studying during his adolescent days, he could be found working on his football skills. Before relocating as a senior and graduating in 1968 from Hanford High School in California, John made a name for himself as an exceptional wide receiver in Arizona-at Casa Grande High School, where he was nominated as a first-team/all-state athlete.
After high school, John took his skills and passions to the University of Nevada Reno (2 years) and the University of Nevada Las Vegas (2 years). While attending UNLV, John served as student body vice president and a union organizer for the Las Vegas Medical Center. He earned a degree in chemistry in 1972, setting the stage for an impressive career working in both the private and public sectors.
While living in Middleton in the 1980’s, John worked as a food scientist for the J.R. Simplot Company in Caldwell. This profession was very much apropos for John, as he always thrilled friends and family with his terrific cooking skills. Thanksgivings and Christmases were showcases for his delicious recipes. Along with cooking, John spent a good majority of his Middleton life with his horse and dog, often breaking away from the country to hit the mountains for hunting and fishing ventures.
Close fishing and hunting friends of John often speak fondly about their experiences and time spent with him on multiple journeys throughout the Pacific Northwest. He truly loved the great outdoors. It didn’t matter where he was “outside”, it just mattered to be there, to be “out.” John was an avid Idaho hunter in the Owyhee Mountains around Silver City, the Boise Mountains, Blacks Creek, and back water hills around Lucky Peak, and Arrowrock Reservoir. He may not have been the greatest shot in the world, but what he lacked in accuracy he made up for it in the miles he could cover in a very short time. Hunting, fishing, and football were the loves of his life no matter where he resided.
In 1991, it was time for new things. John took his chemistry talent overseas to Kuwait, where he worked for the United States government as a civilian consultant. Finding this line of government work enjoyable, John returned to the States the following year. He lived and worked in Alaska, continuing his civilian consultant work. During holidays he would make his way down to the Treasure Valley, always making time for friends and family. After more than a decade of Alaskan living, John retired to his dream home in Nampa, Idaho.
John is survived by brothers Dennis, William, Kevin and Brent Moylan; he is preceded in death by his brother Bruce and parents Anna and Eugene Moylan. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.
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