Al Moss, a tribute to my fishing partner.

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Keith Hixson, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. Keith Hixson

    Keith Hixson Active Member

    Jan 2, 2006
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    Al Moss contributed to this site from time to time. He fished Lenice and Rocky Ford regularly. He was a very fine man and a friend. He fished had fished Rocky Ford regularly for close to twenty years and often would have "20" fish days. The following is his obituary.
    Rest in Peace Friend, Rest in Peace.
    Alfred C. "Al" Moss (1937 - 2010)
    Al Moss went to be with his Lord, December 13, 2010.

    Al was a man with deep abiding faith whose proudest accomplishment was his family. His unwavering commitment to his wife, children, grandchildren, and extended family was without bounds. Al exemplified "service above self." He gave of himself to better his church, students, and the community. His legacy of compassion and selflessness will live on in the lives of so many he touched.

    Al was born Dec. 8, 1937 to Harold and Marjorie Moss in Yakima, Washington. He attended school in Selah, WA, graduating in 1956, lettering in tennis and basketball.

    He graduated from Whitworth College in 1960 with a BA in education. As a member of the tennis team, Al lettered 4 years, winning the Evergreen Conference doubles title, runner-up in singles, and advancing to the NAIA championships.

    He worked at Associated Grocers as a semi-truck driver all four summers to put himself through college.

    On June 14, 1959, Al married Nancy House at the First Presbyterian Church in Ellensburg, beginning 51 years of marriage.

    In 1960, Al was hired as a history teacher at Davis High School starting his 41-year career in education, with 34 in administration. At Davis, he was Assistant Basketball Coach, Head Tennis Coach, and basketball official before he became the Athletic Director and Vice-Principal. Al and three close friends started the Davis Invitational Tennis Tournament and the Washington State Tennis Tournament.

    Al served as the Manager and Tennis Instructor at the Yakima Tennis Club 1960-62. He taught tennis for the Yakima Parks and Recreation Department 1964-1968.

    He completed his Master of Education in History in 1966 from CWU and completed administrative credentials in 1968. He attended WSU, Harvey Mudd College, Colorado College, the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and Lewis and Clark College.

    After a year at Wilson Junior High School as the Vice-Principal, Al became Principal of Ellensburg High School in 1972 for 14 years.

    Al was President of the Washington Association of Secondary School Principals in 1979, and President of the Association of Washington School Principals in 1985-86.

    In 1986, Al became the Assistant Superintendent for Ellensburg School District, retiring in August 1994. During his 22 years in Ellensburg, he taught classes at CWU and Heritage University.

    Al became Curriculum Director for the Richland School District in 1994. A year later, he became the Assistant Superintendent for Hermiston, OR School District where he served for 5 ½ years before retiring a second time in June 2001.

    Always an active person, Al enjoyed golf, particularly in his retirement years, but his greatest love was fly-fishing. His favorite places to fish were Rocky Ford Creek and Lenice Lake, introducing dozens of friends to the huge Rainbows of these waters.

    Al loved his Lord and served as a Sunday school teacher, Young Life leader and an Elder of both the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Yakima and the Ellensburg First Presbyterian Church. He was active in Bible Studies and Men's Breakfasts.

    Al served as President of Kittitas Valley Community Hospital Board, was a member of the Ellensburg Rotary Club (Past-President, recipient of the Rotary Integrity Award and District Service Award), First Presbyterian Church of Ellensburg, Hermiston Rotary Club, Association of Washington School Principals, Phi Delta Kappa, Yakima Young Life Board, the Ellensburg United Way Board, served on the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Board, and was President of both the Columbia Basin Big Nine League and the Mid-Valley League. He also belonged to the Washington Association of School Administrators, Washington Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Confederacy of Oregon School Administrators, and Washington Retired Teachers Association.

    His family includes Nancy, the love of his life; children; Robert of Spokane, Gary (Maria) of Maple Valley, WA, Kristin (Mark Kison) of Post Falls, ID, and Nancy (Butch Beyerlin) of Goldendale, WA; sisters, Karen (Myron Anderson) of Gig Harbor, Andrea (Jerry Davies) of Seabeck, Marjiann (Marty Loken) of Nordland, WA, one brother, Cleve (Ranee') of Roseburg, OR; Darrall and Irene Robbins of Scottsdale, AZ, and loving nephews and nieces. His spirit lives in his four grandchildren, Ethan, Grisha, Miles, and Vanessa. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Marjorie Moss.
  2. bitterroot

    bitterroot Love vintage graphite!

    Jun 16, 2008
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    So sorry to hear of the loss of your friend Keith. Cherish the many good memories.
  3. Jason Decker

    Jason Decker Active Member

    Aug 5, 2005
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    Keith, thanks for sharing this. Sorry for your loss, wish I could have met Al as he sounds like a a great guy!
    My condolences to you and his family - JD
  4. Gary Thompson

    Gary Thompson dirty dog

    Mar 21, 2007
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    Good job Keith
    Another fellow fisher to the great spring creek in the sky.
    I bet Al and I said "hi" a time or two at the Ford.
  5. orangeradish

    orangeradish Eyes to the sky...

    Jul 24, 2009
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    Capital City
    Sorry to hear about your friend.
  6. Trout Master

    Trout Master Active Member

    Feb 26, 2003
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    My condolences to you and his family . Jim
  7. Upton O

    Upton O Blind hog fisherman

    Mar 9, 2009
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    out of state now
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    Keith, very sorry for your loss. He sounds like he was a heck of a guy.

  8. Bob Jones

    Bob Jones Still truckless now farther away

    Feb 23, 2009
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    Last seen in Portland Or. via Tacoma,Puyallup, Wa.
    Keith So sorry for the loss of such a friend and fishing partner. He sounds like he knew what life was about and led his family through it. So that they would have had no doubt of what he would have wanted from them to live their lives like his. I would think that a partner like him would never really leave you out there alone, and would allways be there in the background so that you would know it. What a friend to have there with you when you need him.
  9. scottflycst

    scottflycst Active Member

    Mar 31, 2007
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    Thank you for introducing us to Al. I'll dedicate my next RF trip to him.
    Blessings to you in the mean time.