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William Moriarity

February 11, 2014
The Times Observer

William J. "Billy" Moriarity, Jr. 77, of Warren, PA. died at his residence, Sunday afternoon, February 9, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. He was born June 30, 1936 in Indianapolis, IN. He was the son of the late William John and Wilma Laura Fields Moriarity, Sr. Billy was a graduate of Decatur Center High School in Indianapolis, IN. He earned a degree in Agriculture from Purdue University, Lafayette, IN, and started his long career with the U.S. Forest Service at the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri. He served there as the District Ranger of the Willow Springs Ranger District and then as the Forest soils scientist in Rolla, MO. In the mid 1980's he moved to the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) in Warren, PA., as a Forest soils scientist. Throughout his career Billy was highly regarded for his professional advice and his ability to bring humor to difficult situations. In addition to his regular duties as soils scientist, Billy served in his younger years on several wild land fire crews responding to forest fires nationwide. He is remembered for his levelheaded approach, his concern for the safety of his fellow crewmembers, and his ability to keep morale up. During his later ANF career, Billy worked with Dr. Chuck Williams of Clarion University on successive projects to catalogue rare plants and study watershed issues on the ANF. Billy was a key adviser during the national Rainbow Family gathering on the ANF, held at the Bear Creek area in Elk County, where he helped to identify locations better suited for trails and sanitary facilities to minimize impacts to the soil. He was fondly nicknamed "Mr. Bibs" (for the bib overalls he always wore). He also volunteered along with other ANF employees, to go to New York City to help during the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. He assisted in ground support to transport people and drive supply trucks through congested downtown Manhattan.



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