Thomas Alton Moon, 91, of Payette passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 at home in Payette.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 27, at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. A viewing will be from noon to 2 p.m. prior to services. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Payette. Arrangements and services are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Condolences may be made to Tom’s family at www.shafferjensenchapel.com .
Tom was born Nov. 8, 1921 in Cherry Creek, Idaho, to Archie E. Moon and Ester Morse Moon, the eighth of 10 children; Elaine, Cleve, Juanita, Genevieve, Leo, Samuel, Lynn, Marjorie, and Afton. The Moon family moved to the Aberdeen area where Tom graduated from high school.
Tom went into the Army Air Corps at the age of 20 in January of 1942 after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. After basic he went to school for maintenance of B-17’s, then on to other bombers; B-24, B-29, B-47, and B-52. Tom was the man to show Gen. Jimmy Doolittle the first B-29 and flew it with him.
He was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On July 14, 1945 he married Sarah Frances Allison. Sarah had two sons at the time, Bill and Jack. Bill stayed with his paternal grandparents and Tom raised Jack (Gay) as his son. Tom and Sarah had three daughters, Sarah Diana, Margaret Elaine (Lyle), and Teresa Kim (deceased). He was endowed and sealed to Sarah in 1985.
He retired from the Air Force in 1963. Tom worked for American Potato until 1964, then went to work at the State Hospital South until 1984 when he retired.
Tom and Sarah had 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Sarah passed away on July 19, 1984. He now has 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He married Mauvia Ann Marley on April 11, 1987. She had four children at that time also. He was sealed to Mauvia in 1988. In 2004, Tom and Mauvia moved to Payette.
Memorials may be made to Primary Children’s Hospital, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.