SIERRA VISTA —
Glenn L. Moats, 94, passed away on July 15 after his third battle with cancer.
Our Dad was born on March 4, 1925 in Chippewa Falls, Winsconsin to Bert and Alma Moats. Dad, his four brothers and his sister grew up during the Depression and survived those challenging times working their family farm. His commitment to family, faith and our country were borne out of those difficult conditions.
Dad’s commitment to our country and military began in January of 1943 when, with the required approval of his parents, he joined the Navy at the age of 17. As an electronics mate in WWII, he served on several submarine missions in the Pacific. He continued his Navy service until 1964 when he retired as an E-9 Master Chief. His service to our country did not end there, however, as he continued to work as a military contractor and formal service to the Army at Fort Huachuca until finally retiring, after 48 years of exemplary 4.0 service, in 1991.
Dad’s roots in the Methodist faith began early in life borne out of those difficult times growing up in Chippewa Falls, continuing during his Navy career ending in Great Lakes, Illinois, and finally with his arrival in Sierra Vista. It was at that time in 1968, that he and our Mom, Betty, joined 24 other Sierra Vista families as charter members of the Sierra Vista Unified Methodist Church. Mom and Dad held virtually every lay position at the church, helped build two churches, and dedicated over 40 years of their religious life in service to God and the United Methodist Church. The Church recognized their many contributions by naming the Church’s Peace Garden in their honor.
Finally, Dad’s commitment to our country and his faith was only exceeded by his devotion to family. Of course, the love of his life was our Mom and his devoted wife, Betty. Their 70 year romance included the raising of four children, traveling the world for work and pleasure, and making hundreds of friends. However, their love of family extended far beyond our immediate family. While stationed in Turkey in the late 1950’s, our family befriended the truly wonderful Almakay family, a Tatar family that emigrated from China to Turkey in 1957. Upon return to the States in 1960, Mom and Dad sponsored the 11 member Almakay family to come to America. The incredibly hard-working Almakay family has flourished over the last 50+ years and our now extended family of over 70 represent one of the proudest achievements of Mom and Dad’s life.
Our Dad, Glenn Moats, led a truly rewarding life centered on his love of family and his service to God and country. He never sought the spotlight for his many achievements and always put others forefront. He will be sorely missed by the many lives he touched and influenced.
Dad was predeceased by his four brothers and sister, his wife Betty and youngest son Jimmy. He is survived by his children Mike, Pat, and Gene; grandchildren Josh, Jenna, and Tyler; and great-grandsons Andy, Dean, and Chase.
A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church at Buffalo Soldier Trail and St. Andrews Drive on Saturday, August 17 at 11:00 a.m. Following the ceremony, a private family ceremony will be held at the church’s columbarium where he will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife Betty and son, Jimmy.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to U.S. Navy Memorial in his name at www.navymemorial.org/leave-a-legacy.