William (Bill) Paul Moser was born Aug. 6, 1938, to Paul Augustine and Margret Alice (Hite) Moser in Ontario. Bill’s childhood days began in Vale, early school days were in Drewsey, and he attended high school in Crane. While in high school, he participated in football, basketball, and track. After graduating from Crane in 1956, Bill attended the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho, for two years.
On July 19, 1958, Bill married Ruth Erquiaga of Denio, Nev., in Burns. He transferred to Oregon State University (OSU), in Corvallis and graduated in 1961 with a bachelor of science in range management.
While in college, Bill worked summers for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) doing range surveys and fighting fires. After graduation, he worked for Oregon State College as an extension agent in Lakeview for 10 years. In 1965, Bill and his wife, Ruth, purchased the Erquiaga family ranch in Denio. It became their permanent home in 1970 and continues to be carried on today.
Bill served as president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (District I) from 1998-2000 and vice president in 2004-2005. He was an active member of many organizations including, OSU Alumni Association, Millennium Member of the National Rifle Association of America, and various organizations. Bill served his community as a school board member for Fields Elementary and Crane Union High School, and as president of the Denio Community Club. He played an integral role in getting the basketball gym built in Denio after the community hall burned down in 1979.
Bill liked to hunt and fish, especially with kids and family. He was passionate about sports and dedicated much of his time to helping rural children learn life skills through basketball. A favorite thing to do was coaching rural basketball (more than 20 years) in Denio, which included children from Fields and Jackson Mountain schools. He was also an avid sports fan, faithfully and tirelessly attending football, basketball, volleyball, and track events of his children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends children throughout their grade school, high school, and college years.
Bill is survived by his wife, Ruth (57 years); daughter, Teresa (Greg) Jones; son, Joseph (Stacey) Moser; grandsons, Chris Jones, Paul (Hannah) Jones; granddaughter, Taylor Campbell; grandson, Lance Campbell; sisters, Patty Warton, Charlotte (Darrell) Northrop, Donna (Forrest) Wilson; brother, Norman (Anne) Clark; sister, Jeannie (Edward) Voltin; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Memorial Building at the Harney County Fairgrounds.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to either the Crane, Adrian, or Nyssa Athletic Clubs, or the Denio Community Club in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, 332 W. Monroe St., P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.