William David Moffett
William David Moffett passed away in South Lake Tahoe on February 18, 2017.
Rather than taking a safe, boring journey through life, he lived an eventful, full life of adventure and diverse experiences that started February 16, 1934 in Elizabethton, Tennessee. The son of George and Dorothy (Witt) Moffett, he attended and graduated from Fork Union Military Academy of Virginia in 1952. A talented track star, he attended East Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee.
He chose to pursue his love of flying by joining the Air Force, serving his country as a lieutenant. While stationed at Mather AFB in Sacramento, he met his wife Barbara Barkley. After being discharged from the Air Force, he flew as a commercial pilot for several years. In 1961, David and Barbara moved to South Lake Tahoe, where they started a family and he began a 36 year career at Harvey’s. Lake Tahoe served as the backdrop for him to be able to pursue his many outdoor interests at full throttle. Not one with the intention to arrive safely at the end in a well preserved body, he fully immersed himself with his family in hiking, backpacking, skiing, golf, snowmobiling, sailing, road and mountain biking, and woodcutting.
He spent many hours puttering in his garage and yard and could fix most anything, or at least he thought he could. He loved to build and fly model airplanes. His innate curiosity about the world around him led him in many directions, but at his heart, he was a family man. David was a man of immense personal charm, who came close to liking each and every person he ever met. He believed in enjoying every meal and never passed up ice cream with chocolate syrup, or a latte. David lived his life to the fullest and fought off his cancer to the end. He could loudly proclaim, “Oh, what a life!”
David was greatly loved and is greatly missed. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Barbara, children Melissa Tyson (Son-in-law Charles), Mark Moffett (Daughter-in-law Jill) and Michael Moffett (Ralitsa); grandchildren Peter, Michelle, Kathleen Tyson, and Christopher Moffett; and many close relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his brother Brugess Dewitt Moffett.
Memorial tributes may be made to Barton Hospice.
At David’s request there will be no services.
Please think of David and enjoy a latte, eat a stack of pancakes, go on an epic hike, or align the front end of your car – he would have liked that!
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