Dave Mooney   SS/2B     Hutchinson Granite Falls 1989

Dave Mooney



David Henry Mooney

was born on April 12, 1935, in Montevideo, Minnesota. He was the son of Merald "Babe" and Florence (Hanson) Mooney. David was baptized and confirmed at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Granite Falls, Minnesota. He attended the Granite Falls Public Schools and graduated from high school in 1953. While in school he participated in football, basketball, and baseball. David quarterbacked the Kilowatt football team, was a forward on the 1953 state tournament basketball team and was a shortstop/second baseman on the baseball team. He was the Homecoming King his senior year. David attended college at St. Thomas for one year and finished his degree at St. Cloud State University. He continued to play baseball at the college level. When he came back to St. Cloud for his reading specialist degree he was an assistant coach for the St. Cloud State Huskies. David graduated from St. Cloud State in 1957, and started teaching Social Studies in Wood Lake, Minnesota. After two years in Wood Lake, he moved to Milroy for two years and taught there. David began teaching Social Studies and Psychology in Hutchinson in 1962. After several years in Hutchinson, he became a reading specialist helping students in grades 7-12 to read better, to use vocabulary and language skills more efficiently and to help students study for tests better. David retired from teaching in 1993 after 36 years of teaching.

David's passions fell into three categories: his family, baseball, and fishing.

The love of family always filled his daily life. Janice, Mary Beth and Patrick were his "Shining Stars!" And when his grandchildren were born he watched them closely and rejoiced in their talents and musical abilities. Many trips to Nebraska were the focus of his joy as he watched P.J. grow in musical talents and Parker grow in athletic talents.

David's second passion was baseball. Many hours, weeks and years were spent on the baseball fields as a high school, college and amateur baseball player. Every aspect of baseball touched his life. He played town team baseball for Granite Falls, Wood Lake, Milroy and Brownton. David coached many high school and Legion teams. He rode hours and hours on buses taking teams out of town and to tournaments. After retiring from coaching he became the "caretaker" of the Hutchinson baseball fields. He kept the grass watered, he kept the fields raked, the lines chalked, the rocks off the fields and the floodwaters out. Many parents and players passed his way…many young men learned how to hold a bat, how to pitch, catch and run bases. Always, he was a kind, gentle and patient coach. His coaching directives were patience, discipline, and execution. In 1989, he was inducted into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.

David passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at his home in Hutchinson, Minnesota, at the age of 79 years.

Blessed be his memory.

David is survived by his:
Wife, Janice Mooney of Hutchinson, MN;
Children, Mary Beth Johnson and her husband, John of Amboy, MN,
Patrick Mooney and his wife, Becky of Omaha, NE;
Grandchildren, P.J. Mooney, Parker Mooney;
Sisters, Susan Botten and her husband, William of Montevideo, MN,
Jill Coudron and her husband, Paul of Daytona, OH,
Peggy Borgendale of Minneapolis, MN;
Brother, Timothy Mooney and his wife, Molly of Albuquerque, NM;
Many Nieces, Nephews and extended family and friends.

David is preceded in death by his Parents, Merald and Florence Mooney;







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