HIGH HONOR —Bill and Jane Moon on the occasion of Mr. Moon being honored with the inaugural Onie Cooper Humanitarian Award at Reno's Second Baptist Church. The award is named for another former Branch president. (Interfaith Community Memorial Service on MLK Sunday 20 June 2013*)

Rest in Peace, Elder William Moon (1932-2017)

The former Reno-Sparks NAACP president left this plane on Sunday, June 25, 2017, after a short illness. He was 85. His family says that he passed away peacefully of natural causes at his Reno home. Bill Moon served two years as President of NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112 in 1991-92. His wife, Jane Moon, is the longtime branch scholarship committee chair and has served as branch treasurer and secretary. Both are NAACP life members and sit on the Branch executive committee.

Mr. and Mrs. Moon were awarded the Reno-Sparks NAACP Dedication and Service Award at the 2015 Freedom Fund Banquet.

His memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. PDT on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Reno North Stake, 2505 Kings Row, 89503. Mr. Moon was an elder in the LDS Church. Visitation is scheduled from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. PDT Friday, July 8, at Walton's Funeral Home, 875 W. 2nd Street, Reno. Remembrances may be posted at WaltonsFuneralHomes.com/

Among his numerous civic activities, he was appointed to the Reno Planning Commission in 1980 by Reno Mayor Barbara Bennett. He was the first person of color to serve on that body. From 1996 to 2001, he served as chair and vice-chair of the City of Reno Civil Service Commission. He also chaired the Northeast Reno Outreach Council during that time. He was a member of Toastmasters International and a local area Lions Club.

In 2013 he was honored with the inaugural Onie Cooper Humanitarian Award at the annual Martin Luther King., Jr., Interfaith Community Memorial Service at Reno's Second Baptist Church. He received a lifetime achievement award from the NAACP in 2005. In 1985, he was given a Community Service Award from the Reno/Sparks Business and Professional Women's Club. In 1984, the NAACP gave him the prestigious Roy Wilkins Award in recognition of his services to minorities and mankind.

William Nathaniel Moon was born to Jesse James Moon and the former Edith Law in Savannah, Georgia, April 14, 1932. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, the former Jane Jenkins, and daughters Edith B. Moore and Irene E. Joan, both of Reno. He leaves 6 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one grandson, two sisters and two nephews.

He graduated from Beach Cuyler High School and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1948. He was posted to Okinawa during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, he attended the University of California at Berkeley for peace officer training. In 1954, he was licensed as a professional middleweight boxer by the California Athletic Commission. In 1973, he earned a degree in business management from the Scranton, Penn., Center for Management Studies.

His professional career included Schwabacher Frey Inc., where he started in 1952. In 1969, he became the first black manager with Diamond International Corp. in Reno. In 1979, he was hired as a Civil Rights Officer for the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT). In 1983, he became Equal Employment Manager for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He retired from the BLM in 2005.

In 1973, he organized Boy Scouts of America Troop 20 for black and other disadvantaged youth. He was given scouting's highest honor, the Silver Beaver Award, in 1981.

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, he held positions as High Priest, High Priest Group Leader, Temple Preparation Instructor and Home Teacher. He also served on the church's High Council.

Please monitor this website for additional information as it becomes available. Our sincere condolences go out to his wife and family.

William Moon 1932-2017

By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 7-13-2017

*RGJ.com photo

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