Robert S. Moran

Robert S. MoranRobert Scott Moran, a beloved husband, father and brother, passed away from a freak accident at his home in Orem, Utah, on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. He was 41.

Rob was born to Florence Wilson Moran and Clarence Robert Moran Jr. on June 14, 1978 in Ridgecrest. From an early age he demonstrated high levels of energy, vibrancy and intelligence. He was a bright child, with a love for all things mechanical. He enjoyed working on cars, attending military air shows and spending time outdoors.

He was an Eagle Scout. He often spent summers backpacking and hiking in the nearby Sierra Nevada with his father. During these years he grew especially close to his father and formed a friendship that would become indispensable throughout his lifetime.

Rob was a big man, 6 foot 4 inches tall, 225 pounds, with a barrel chest, and burly arms. He loved to wrestle with his sons or work out at the local gym.

He graduated from Burroughs High School and Cerro Coso Community College. After graduation, Rob left Ridgecrest to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Boise, Idaho. Following two years of missionary service he moved to Utah to attend college and study engineering.

He loved aviation and formed an early passion for the subject. He excelled in math and physics and graduated from Utah State University in Logan, Utah with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Following Rob’s college graduation, he worked as a civilian engineer for the U.S. Air Force at Hill Air Force Base in Layton, Utah. He loved his work and was able to put his passions into action with the engineering support arm of the U.S. Armed Forces fixing, repairing and refurbishing damaged aircraft; he worked directly as a senior engineer supporting repairs on the A-10 Warthog, C-130 Hercules and T-37 jet trainer. He later worked with local facilities in engineering support. Rob was passionate about his work and loved working alongside cutting-edge aerospace technology.

In Rob’s personal life, he had a passion for all things automotive. His knowledge, understanding and passion for automotive design and engineering were virtually unmatched. From an early age, he was known to always have a project car to work on, restore or modify. He often said “Cars are my therapy.” The physical labor of working on cars brought him much joy. It was a passion he kept until his dying day.

Above all, Rob loved his family. He was a dedicated husband and father, constantly helping, serving and doing everything in his power to help those that he loved and cared for. A week didn’t go by that he didn’t come home with a bouquet of Tracy’s favorite flowers for her.

All those who knew Rob remember someone who was truly kind, accepting, open and selfless. He was known to go out of his way for others, even when times were tough. He always had a smile on his face, loved to laugh and play and was often the life of the party.

Rob was also known for his candor. He would always say how he truly felt or thought; no secrets of substance ever existed between Rob and anyone he knew.

Robert is survived by his wife, Tracy; sons, Ethan Robert Moran and Cody Scott Moran of Concord, N.C.; stepsons, Camren and Brandon; mother and father; brother, Michael Joseph Moran; and sisters, Christine (Mrs. Jon Rondon), Mary (Mrs. Brandon Salmon), Alicia (Mrs. Clint Hardy) and Michelle (Mrs. Samuel J. Anderson).

He will be missed by Oliver, Aaron and Luke Anderson, Kate and Maxwell Salmon, Harrison Rondon, Jackson Clarence Moran, Elle Kimberly Moran and Anna and Isabella Hardy; uncles Douglas Wilson, Richard Earl Wilson, Keith Jay Wilson; aunts Shirley Wilson Jones, Grace Wilson-Fletcher, Ruth Wilson Burns, Mary Kay Craig, Lou Wilson Crandall, and Carolyn Wilson Thurston.

Viewing will be on Friday, Feb. 7, from 5-9 p.m. at the Walker Sanderson Funeral home in Orem. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ chapel in Orem. Viewing will also be held Saturday at the chapel from 9-10 a.m., prior to Rob’s funeral service.

— Submitted by the family of Robert Moran

Story First Published: 2020-02-07