Captain Clifford D. Moran, USN, 82

Captain Clifford D. Moran USN (Ret) was called home Sunday, July 29, 2012. He was 82 years old and died from complications of a stroke he had in May of this year.

Cliff was born in Belle Prairie Township, June 12, 1930, to late Dave and Alma (Dugas) Moran. He attended Morrison County schools and Little Falls High School, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He paid his way through college in Duluth by working on the ore docks on Lake Superior. He also used to haul eggs from Little Falls and sell them in Duluth. He then moved to California and worked as a farmhand for a short time before joining the Navy. He was selected for Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island where he earned his commission. Cliff and Jane lived in many places around the country including Pensacola, Florida; Rhode Island, Maine, California (where he attended the Naval Postgraduate School-Monterey, California), and Virginia. He served in the United States Navy for a total of 22 years and served tours in Japan, Vietnam, and Antarctica. A mountain and a glacier were named after him in Antarctica for his service as a pioneer pilot there. His last assignment was in Washington D.C. After retiring from the Navy in 1974, he returned to Minnesota where he worked for Combined Insurance and as a pilot for United Parcel Service as well as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He resided in St. Cloud until his death.

Clifford is survived by his wife Jane of 56 years; his children, Valerie Hannon of Wichita, Kan., Clifford Duane (Mary) Moran II of Springfield, Va., Melanie (James) Cantorna of Palos Park, Ill, Holly Moran of Mesa, Ariz., and Geoffrey Moran of Minneapolis. He has 12 granchildren and one great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Dave and Alma Moran; brothers Ernie, Homer and Paul and sister Laura (George) Shimek.

On Sunday, Aug. 5, visitation will be held from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and parish prayers will be held at 6 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Belle Prairie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Belle Prairie with Father Nordick officiating. Interment will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Camp Ripley, immediately after the mass.

In lieu of flowers or gifts the family requests donations to Belle Prairie Catholic Church, Belle Prairie or St. Augustine’s in St. Cloud.