Laval 'Moonie' Meunier
Laval "Moonie" Meunier
Laval Aurele Meunier passed away unexpectedly in his sleep June 25, 2015 in his home in Grants Pass. Laval was born in Grants Pass December 5, 1937. He was the third child of Aurele and Lowell Meunier.
His wife of 49 years, Sandy and his two sisters, Jocelyn Pendergast of Medford and Denise Messer of Penn Valley, Calif. survive him. His four children and their spouses: Mike and Anna Meunier, Matt Meunier, Susie Anderson, and Mitch and Shannon Meunier, along with eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also live in the Rogue Valley. Moonie was proud of them all and was actively involved in their lives. Megan, McKayla, Max, Taylor, Trent, Brooke, Mickean, Mattson, Jack, and Charlotte were each fortunate to have Moonie as their grandfather; he provided a positive and lasting influence on them.
Very few things were more enjoyable to Moonie than sports and competition. He was a three-sport letterman at St. Mary’s High and was an inducted into the St. Mary’s Hall of Fame in 1987. Upon graduating in 1956 he attended the University of Portland and played on the freshman basketball team. He enlisted in the military the following year and while stationed in Germany, he represented his base in flag football, basketball, and fastpitch softball. He even earned a weekend furlough by playing ping-pong. Moonie attended Southern Oregon College of Education after the service and played football and basketball. He earned his degree in 1964.
Moonie married Sandy in 1965. He went to work as a beer-truck driver and salesman and spent the next 30+ years balancing work with being a father and attending his children’s many athletic events. His retirement in the late '90s allowed him to spend uncounted hours golfing, fishing, hunting, playing poker, doing crosswords, and watching his family grow up.
Moonie’s last years were marked by many memorable achievements. He continued to golf well and shot his age several times. He harvested his first trophy antelope in August of 2014 with Mitch, Matt, Jeff Johnson, Bill Wimer, and Wade Sharp at his side. He also had his first official hole-in-one in Palm Springs last January.
As a husband, father, and friend, Moonie set a standard that is very difficult to live up to. He was always upbeat, pleasant, and parented by being easy-going and patient. He seldom had a bad word about anyone and made all of his friends feel at home in his presence. All of his children aspire to model those same qualities for their own children.
A party for all of Moonie’s friends will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the Grants Pass Golf Club.