Edward Robert “Bob” Mooney, Jr
Bob passed away peacefully in the University of Utah hospital on May 4th following a brain aneurysm. He was born in Pocatello on August 18, 1941 to Edward and Laura Mooney and was the oldest of five boys. He spent his childhood in Pocatello, attending school and the First Methodist Church, and rising through the ranks of Boy Scouts. He graduated from Pocatello High School in 1959 with honors and competed on the golf and ski teams. Throughout his college education, Bob studied electrical engineering. He first attended Idaho State University, receiving his associate degree in 1962. He continued at University of Idaho where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1964. He earned a master’s degree in 1966 at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
In 1967, Bob married Cheri Moltke and accepted a position as Principal Engineer at CH2M Hill. During this time, he learned to fly and served a dual role at CH2M Hill as both engineer and pilot. In this role, Bob traveled all over the U.S. working on various projects.
He and Cheri had two sons, Carson and Justin. They remember many ski trips to Mt. Bachelor where Bob shared his passion for skiing with others as a ski instructor.
If the saying “You can take the boy out of Idaho, but you can’t take Idaho out of the boy” is true, it applied to Bob. In 1977, he left the cloudy, rainy days of Corvallis to experience the clear, sunny days of Boise, where he started his own consulting business, Performance Management Alliance. Raising his sons in Boise meant more skiing and golf as well. Bob served nine years on the board at Bogus Basin and was instrumental in helping Bogus attain non-profit status.
Bob also participated in Leadership Boise where he contributed his love of Boise into tangible projects and community building.
He was a member of Crane Creek Country Club and Ponderosa Aero Club. He shared his passion for skiing and golf with his sons and followed their accomplishments as they competed in both sports. He also instilled in them a love of learning and was proud of their successes and their career choices. Carson is a dentist in Boise and Justin is an Art Director for Dakine.
Following a divorce, Bob married Jeanie Medrud, an old Pocatello friend. Bob and Jeanie have resided in Boise since their marriage in 2001 and have enjoyed spending two months of each year in La Quinta, California.
Bob was honored by organizations he participated in. He was included in the prestigious FAA Airmen Certification Database, which is awarded to pilots who have met or exceeded high educational, licensing, and medical standards. In 2016, Bob was appointed Executive Director of the Idaho Energy Resources Authority by Governor Otter. He was proud of his service in this agency, feeling like his efforts contributed positively to Idaho. Also in 2016, he was honored by the USGA with the Ike Grainger Award for his 25 years of volunteer work on the USGA Junior Championship Committee.
As he got older, he was reluctant to retire and enjoyed working on energy projects. He and his partner Bob Looper formed U.S. Solar, a company that is involved in solar concepts. Jokingly, he described his business as “keeping the lights on in Southern California.”
His family is sad that Bob couldn’t keep his own light on, but they’ll have wonderful memories of when his light shone brightly.
Bob is survived by his wife, Jeanie; his sons, Carson (Cori) Mooney of Boise and Justin (Ginger) Mooney of Hood River, Oregon; granddaughters Maci (Boise) and Poppy & Juniper (Hood River); stepchildren Eric (Andrea) Beach of Fort Collins, Colorado and Heather Beach and Mike Ossian of DeWitt, Iowa; step-grandsons Soren and Jake (Fort Collins); brothers Mike (Karen) Mooney of Boise, Jack (Katie) Mooney of Pocatello, and Jeff (Trish) Mooney of Pocatello; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at Cathedral of the Rockies (717 N 11th St) in Boise on Wednesday, May 17 at 3pm. We invite family and friends to celebrate Bob’s life at Crane Creek Country Club following the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the following organizations are welcome: donate.chromosome18.org or Special Olympics Idaho.