Hugh Jay Moyes

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 12:03 PM


Hugh Jay Moyes, beloved husband, father and brother, returned to our Heavenly Father on June 8, 2013. He was born in Ogden, Utah May 28, 1931 to Hugh Jesse and Anafred Banford Moyes. Jay attended Pingree Elementary School and Lewis Jr. High School in Ogden and graduated from Ogden High School in 1949. On August 1, 1952, Jay married his high school and college sweetheart Ann Lund. They were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City temple.

Shortly after their marriage, Jay was drafted into the United States Army during the height of the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1954, having earned the rank of Corporal. While working at Mountain Fuel Supply to support his young family, he attended the University of Utah and graduated with his Masters degree in Business Administration in 1957. His first job after graduation was with Boeing Corporation in Seattle, Washington. He returned to Utah, U-Haul in tow, to assume the position of Business Manager of the Ogden Clinic. After a short stint at the Clinic, he returned to the aerospace industry by joining Thiokol Corporation in Brigham City, Utah where he was a manager in Thiokol’s government contracting group. A few years later, he joined the Air Logistics Command located at Hill Air Force Base.

In 1977, he was transferred to Palm Beach, Florida where he also served as Bishop of the Palm Beach Gardens ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As Bishop, he over-saw the fund raising and construction of the first chapel in Palm Beach Gardens, one of his proudest achievements.

After 10 years in Florida, Jay was transferred to Texas. He and Ann settled in Arlington, mid-way between Dallas and Fort Worth. It was during his 12-year stay in Texas that Jay forged a strong bond with his 5 grand children. He loved each of them dearly and made Texas their number one vacation destination. While in Texas, Jay was awarded the DLA Distinguished Career Service Award, an accomplishment for which he was justifiably pleased. Also while in Texas, he served on the Stake High Council, instructed early morning seminary and participated for 5 years as a temple worker in the Dallas temple.

Upon his retirement in 1997, he and Ann commenced looking for a home in Utah. Two years later, they returned to Utah and their families. Jay remained active in the Washington Terrace 13th ward and was a member of the choir. In his retirement, he was helpful to his children and grand children, happily providing labor, love and moral support. During his entire life, he was a voracious reader, often reading 7 books a week. Jay was an avid bowler (with his own ball and shoes), an occasional golfer (got a hole-in-one) and a lover of music (a tenor in the choir). Although Jay was a collector of knowledge and not things, he had several unique canes he acquired in his travels to Europe and throughout the United States and Mexico. There was a story associated with each cane that enthralled “Papa Jay’s” grandchildren. He was a comforting presence to all who knew him and a valued counselor to his family and friends. His knowledge, charm and wit will be immensely missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Carol Keesler, and his son-in-law Alan Jorgensen.

He is survived by his wife Ann, his sons Jay (Gerrie) and Mitch Moyes, his daughter Kris Jorgensen, his sister Elaine Fronk, his brother Lawrence Moyes, his grandchildren Craig Jorgensen, Ted Jorgensen, Jon Jorgensen, Kelsey Moyes, and Alex Moyes; and his great grandchildren Katie, Jace and Finnley.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, June 13, 2013, 1 p.m. at Leavitts Mortuary, 836 36th Street, where friends may visit with the family from 11:45-12:45 prior to services. Interment: Washington Heights Memorial Park where military honors will be accorded. Online condolences may be made at

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the General Missionary Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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