Maurice Lloyd Hinton, “Moe”, was born in 1936 to stalwart pioneer families of Hurricane, Utah. As the firstborn of Vernett and Irene Beatty Hinton he and his four siblings grew up with lots of love and small town adventures.
After serving an LDS mission to the New England states, he met the love of his life, Lynne Stafford. He first laid eyes on this Californian beauty looking stunning in her red dress at a Christmas dance at the old BYU Academy. They married six months later on June 1, 1960 in the Los Angeles LDS temple. During the next 56 years they were blessed with 7 children (Kerry, Heidi, Darin, Michelle, Heather, Jennifer and Greg,) 43 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.
Moe worked in food service in many capacities, feeding large crowds of hungry mouths. He began his career with his own little burger joint in Provo, UT and ended his career in college food service. Food presentation was his forte as he creatively designed many a buffet line with delicious food and elaborate displays. He was General Manager of the Bloomington Country Club and he managed the catering and food services for Oral Roberts University, Fort Lewis College, Utah State University, and Southern Utah University. His children were the lucky recipients of his love shared through food. He catered every family wedding, large BBQ, scout campout, ward dinner and Sunday spread that was always shared with friends. He hauled large cuts of meat, ice sculptures, grills, tables, chairs, and displays without a grumble for the entirety of his life. Always cool under pressure, he greeted everyone with an appreciative warm smile and big embrace, whether you were a dishwasher or the college president.
Moe enjoyed the simple pleasures of life—the great outdoors, faith and family. He found joy as often he could by riding ATVs, RVing, hunting, fishing, and gardening always with family and friends. His strong hands and tender heart forged a life of love and service. His 80 years of life were a blessing to all and his legacy will continue forever. He died peacefully in the arms of his family on October 20, 2016.
He is survived by his wife, Lynne; children; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Karmen Rounds; and brother, Rymal Hinton. He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Wes and Stillman Hinton.
Funeral services will be Monday, October 24th at 11:00 a.m. in the Green Valley 7th Ward LDS chapel, 1282 West 500 South Circle, St. George, UT 84770. A visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Hurricane City Cemetery, Hurricane, UT.
Arrangements are under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, St. George, UT (435) 673-2454.