Treasure Valley loses ‘very special’ friend William Moseley

Moseley, 89, became a linchpin in the lives of the people he knew and the organizations he supported.

sberg@idahostatesman.comOctober 11, 2013 

Shirley Osborn lost her boss on Monday.

Winston Moore lost his friend.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County lost a supporter.

The Boise State University Broncos lost a devoted fan.

William Moseley used to visit Moore — who shared his initials — for almost every Boise State football game. He’d show up an hour or more early, and the two friends would talk about the old days or whatever else came to mind. Then they’d watch the game.

“He never missed one unless he had a season ticket that he wanted to use up or something,” said Moore, a Boise commercial real estate developer. “He’d be there Saturday of this week if he were able.”

Moore met Moseley in the 1970s when both men were buying land in the area where Boise Towne Square mall now stands. Gradually, they became close friends.

Moore called Moseley “one of the finest human beings I’ve ever known.” He admired Moseley’s ability to keep employees at W.H. Moseley Co., a food brokerage firm, for decades. Moseley was a wealthy man, Moore said, partly because he had a “wealth of friends.”

“As far as character goes, and I’m not exaggerating, when it comes to scruples and ethics and morals and integrity and honor and all those wonderful adjectives, he was impeccable,” Moore said. “I’ve never heard anyone say a negative word about Bill, and I’ve never heard Bill say anything mean about anyone.”

Osborn didn’t imagine when she went to work for Moseley that she’d still be there 30 years later. She certainly didn’t expect Moseley, in his late 50s at the time, to still be active in the company as he approached 90.

But he was there every day, she said, with the memory and energy of a young person.

“I thought he was old when I came to work here, you know, because he didn’t have any hair, and his hair was gray,” Osborn said. “He totally changed my perspective on what aging meant. That, you know, 89 was not old. He was still a young man.”

In 2000, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County recognized the financial and personal contributions of Moseley and his late wife, Martha, by naming the group’s Garden City facility the Moseley Center. He had served on the board of directors since 1999.

“Bill was a role model to our children, our staff and our community,” Executive Director Colleen Braga wrote in a statement. “He was my dear friend.”

Moseley’s obituary in the Idaho Statesman quoted his own words, which he apparently prepared before his death, encouraging support for the Boys & Girls Clubs.

“In lieu of anything else, your help to this cause would be greatly appreciated,” the obituary reads.

In the same obituary, Moseley called Osborn part of “the glue that held (W.H. Moseley Co.) together.”

Osborn said Moseley’s family members plan to keep the business operating and in the family.

Moore said his friend constantly talked about his children and his grandchildren and that he talked so fast it was “like a machine gun.” Maybe it was frustrating sometimes when Moore had to stop Moseley and ask him to repeat what he’d said. But it didn’t get in the way of their friendship.

“You don’t hear men very often say to another man, ‘I love you,’” Moore said. “But I loved Bill Moseley. He was that kind of a guy. He was just very, very, very special.”

Sven Berg: 377-6275

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