Arthur Edward "Art" Moyer: A Life of Adventure, Innovation, and Devotion

July 29th, 1924 - April 1st, 2023


Arthur Edward "Art" Moyer, born on July 29, 1924 in Lewiston, Idaho, was a man of many talents and accomplishments. He was the perfect blend of his parents: his tall, boisterous Dutch father, Arthur, and his petite, energetic Italian mother, Ida. Together, they owned and operated a cherry orchard and a general store in Clarkston, Washington, where young Art learned the value of hard work.

A patriotic and brave soul, Art volunteered as a Navy pilot during World War II. He continued to serve his country as a helicopter pilot in the reserves after the war. On the home front, he married the love of his life, Virginia Hughes, a union that lasted over 75 years.

Art's passion for flight and his keen intellect led him to pursue a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Washington. He joined Boeing and enjoyed a distinguished 37-year career there, contributing to a wide range of iconic projects, such as the 707, 727, 737, 747, 757, E6, AWACS, Dinosaur Hypersonic Bomber, and Star Wars programs.

His engineering prowess also extended to his personal life, as he designed three unique and beautiful homes in Shorewood, Hood Canal, and Port Ludlow, each with stunning views and innovative features like an elevator and indoor barbecue.

Art was a man of strong principles and actively engaged in local politics to improve his community. He cherished the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and spent countless hours boating and exploring the great outdoors. In their later years, Art and Virginia satisfied their wanderlust by traveling the world together.

Art's life came to a close at his beloved home in Port Ludlow after a brief illness, just as he had wished. He is survived by his devoted wife, Virginia; sons Rich (wife Robin) and Ed (partner Isabel); and grandchildren Aimmee, Chloe (husband Brody), Celia, Matthew, and Ryan.

A celebration of Art's incredible life will be held at noon Wednesday, April 26 at Edlin and Yahn Funeral Chapel in Covington with graveside services following at the Tahoma National Cemetery. All who knew and loved him are welcome to attend and honor his memory.