By Kevin V. Hunt
Scouting Historian, Author, Blogger, Speaker, Scouting Veteran, and Camp Director
Although I’m currently on a self-declared “blog-cation” (because of my summer camp adventures at Camp Thunder Ridge), I need to come out of that hibernation to write about my great friend and Scouting mentor, Dr. Richard W. Moyle. I noticed on a camp break today of the June 18th death of Dr. Richard Moyle. Richard or “Dick” as maybe only I called him, was my Scouting District Chairman when I served years ago as the Sr. District Executive of the great Mt. Ogden scouting district in South Ogden. The district was then a part of the Lake Bonneville Council, and now the Trapper Trails Council. With his passing, we have lost a giant of a man, a giant heart and a giant of a Scouter.
The Obituary of Dr. Richard W Moyle noted that he has been involved in Scouting for 60 years! Wow! How great is that? And I can attest to the fact that this was not just minor or superficial involvement. Richard gave his all to anything that he took on. And that is what he did with Scouting. He was willing to sacrifice everything as needed to make the Scouting program work for young men. He was truly a giant in his Scouting service. He was long-time recipient of the Silver Beaver Award.
Richard also wore the title of “Doctor” through his education. He was a Geology professor of great renown at Weber State College in Ogden.
I became acquainted with Dick when he agreed to become the Varsity Scouting chairman for the district. In this role, he worked tirelessly to implement to new Varsity Scouting program when it was a pilot program. He went at the program with full steam. He loved the program and wanted to see that all Scouts of our district had opportunity to participate in it. He recruited a fabulous team of volunteers to deliver the first ever Varsity Scouting adult training program. His team conducted the first Varsity Scouting Youth Leadership Course. He was a proponent of the Varsity Scouting Games and had a major impact in their development. His team was amazing and energized for the program.
Later, Richard willingly accepted the invitation to become our District Chairman. Again, he worked feverishly to make our Mt. Ogden District the best and greatest in the council. He caught the vision of what he and we could accomplish together. And with that vision, he went forward to recruit the right people to do every job. He was most conscientious in his dedicated efforts.
Our weekly (or more often) Key-3 meetings (with him, me and our district commissioner, Ron Harrison) were a real pleasure. Dick was so anxious to make us successful. Nothing brought him down. He was the epitome of the positive attitude. Everything that he did was “how can we make this happen?” I loved his brotherhood and service.
Dick was also a hunter of great renown. And with his hunting prowess, he would make anything and everything into jerky. He would often come to me with his latest meat for my tasting. “Here is some elk,” he would say. Or, “Here is some bear!” (That one was a shock!) And then another shocker: “Try some squirrel!”
My wife, on hearing of the death of Dick commented: “He was just the nicest guy! He was so personable and genuine.” He and his wife, Belva (a distant Rawson cousin of mine) were so very sweet. They were so concerned about Lou and me and our family. We truly loved them! They were the greatest friends and supporters of us and our growing family. They came to our every event. They were there at our baby blessings and all other family events. And for years afterwards – even after we had long since moved away – he came to our wedding receptions when these were held in the Salt Lake area.
As I served with Dick, I was also the Camp Director up at Camp Bartlett. Dick had a son, Wayne, and Dick helped me invite and persuade Wayne to join my staff at Bartlett. Wayne was the life of every campfire program with his rendition of “Ernie”. And the camp proved beneficial to Wayne and his parents too. For at the conclusion of camp, we lined up Wayne with my wife’s former roommate from Snow College. That proved to be “a match made in Heaven” as they courted and were soon married.
When I left the Ogden area – with a Boy Scout transfer to Santa Barbara, California, Dick presented me with a marble pyramid-shaped monument on which he had engraved my service to the Mt. Ogden District. This was a wonderful tribute and recognition of our five years together. I still have and cherish that lasting monument to our district and personal brotherhood.
With the passing of Dr. Richard W. Moyle, we have all lost a giant of a man. Richard was a man with a giant heart, and a giant love for Scouting and all of its programs – all with the goal of creating the best programs for our Scouts. We will all miss this giant Scouter and friend, Dr. Richard W. Moyle. Thanks, Dick … I am grateful to you and will long remember your strength and commitment to me, and to the Mt. Ogden District!
Best wishes along your Scouting Trails … Kevinthescoutblogger
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