John Earl Moscrip, known to all as Jack, was born on December 2, 1934 in White Lake, Wisconsin. He was the second of three children born to Kenneth Earl Moscrip and Evelyn Florence Bordeau; eight years younger than his sister Mary, and six years older than his brother Bill. Jack spent his early years in Wisconsin. He had wonderful memories of living with his Moscrip grandparents, including riding on the trains with his grandfather who worked as a conductor. He loved visiting his aunt and uncle on the Bordeaux side at their farm, playing with his many cousins.
In 1945 the Moscrip family moved west following employment opportunities. They settled in Pierce where Jack's father worked for Cardiff Lumber as the office manager. Jack would make friends in Pierce who would be with him for his entire life. Some of his favorite memories were hiking up into the mountains and camping with a friend or just his dog.
Jack graduated from Pierce High School in 1952. He started college at Gonzaga University that fall, and studied Accounting. The US was involved in the Korean Conflict and Jack thought he might be drafted soon, so two years into his college career he volunteered to join the U.S. Army. On December 28, 1954 Jack was inducted into the army at Orofino as a Private First class. He transferred to Spokane and then Fort Ord, California. From there Jack was shipped to Korea as a Communications Specialist in the 112th Heavy Weapons Infantry. He reported he was sick for the entire sea voyage. And when he returned after his deployment ended, he was sick for the entire trip home. While in Korea, Jack said he had never been so cold either before or since. Sometimes he would wake up in his sleeping bag covered by snow. He said he finally learned to ignore the cold because there wasn't anything he could do about it.
Jack mustered out of the Army in December 1956 at the end of the war as a Private second class with a Good Conduct Medal. He was 22 when he returned, and started studying bookkeeping at Lewis and Clark State College. A year later Jack left school for good. During his high school and college summers, Jack had worked for the US Forest Service, manned a lookout tower, loaded lumber on the local railroad and even drove a truck. When he left college in 1958, Jack worked in the Cardiff Lumber Company office.
Jack married Judy Prescott on October 11, 1958. Together they had three children: Terri, Mark and Brian. In 1969 Jack moved the family to Horseshoe Bend where he initially combined two jobs to earn a living, working for both Hansen and Renfro Logging, eventually shifting to Renfro alone.
In September 1988, after 30 years together, Judy passed away following many years of ill health. Jack took care of her up to the end, often working all day and then driving to Boise to spend the night at the hospital with Judy. In the morning, Jack would drive home to Horseshoe Bend and start the cycle again. By the time of Judy’s death, Jack was exhausted and worn down from grief and his schedule.
The following year, Jack’s childhood friend Jim Richell convinced him to meet for coffee with a woman who had lost her husband a few years earlier. Dorothy recalls that Jack didn’t say much that day, but he did ask if he could call her; she said yes, and four months later they were married, on June 8, 1990.
Jack moved to Boise with Dorothy, commuting to work at Renfro Logging until he retired in 1996, on the day he turned 62. The Renfros sent him off with a new set of golf clubs and a great farewell party. Jack would get full use of those clubs for the next 20 years.
Throughout his life Jack was involved in his community, volunteering in a variety of different ways. He was a member of the American Legion Outpost in Pierce, serving as Adjutant for over 10 years and Commander for one year; he started the White Pine Credit Union and managed it for 5 years. Jack was on the Zoning Committee for 2 years and the Library Board for 4 years. In Horseshoe Bend Jack served as City Treasurer from 1970-1999, several times turning down a pay raise because he thought it was an unnecessary expense for the town. He served on the Horseshoe Bend School Board for 12 years.
After Jack retired, he spent many happy hours on the golf course. He took the opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren, and work in his garage workshop building everything from easels for the grandkids to craft projects for family members. After Dorothy retired, they travelled in the winters, took four cruises and eventually bought a snowbird condo in Lake Havasu, where they formed a group of friends who would become a second family. Jack enjoyed golfing, dancing, watching classic tv shows (especially Westerns); crossword puzzles and solitaire games. Most family members can recall seeing him engrossed for hours with a deck of playing cards or his hand-held game machine, and later his Kindle. He was never comfortable being the center of attention, but he loved being part of a group of family or friends. Jack always had a story to tell, but he was an especially great listener. He had a sharp mind and a dry sense of humor; he loved poking a bit of gentle fun at any opportunity.
Jack Moscrip has been a great friend, a loving husband and a wonderful father and grandfather. Eighty-four years was not enough time for our beloved Jack. He will truly be missed.
Jack is survived by his wife of 28 years, Dorothy; sister Mary Helgerson; daughters Terri (Howard) Nolan, Kelly Morgan and Shawna (Tim) Schaeffer; sons Brian (Angel) Moscrip and Mark Moscrip; son-in-law Dino Church; grandchildren Andrea (Jason) Cooper, Benjamin Church, Dr. Morgan (Dr. Eric) Hazelbaker, Porscha (Reggie) Jones, KC (Dr. Nick Hovda) Harding JD, Laine Moscrip, Jacob Moscrip RN, Abby (Lane) Campbell, Luis Moscrip; great-grandchildren Gage Church, Sarah Cooper, Marlee Jones and Grayson Campbell. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Bill Moscrip and brother-in-law Bob Helgerson.