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The 2021 Lassen County 4H Hall of Fame Inductees: Curt and Joan Moran

Friday, October 8th, 2021

This week on SusanvilleStuff, in celebration of National 4H Week, we will be featuring the five inaugural inductees into the Lassen County 4H Hall of Fame.

Interview completed by Maddi Johnson

For our last members of the freshman class in the Lassen County 4-H Hall of Fame we have decided to focus on a local couple that truly live a life of giving. Curt and Joan Moran are true gems to the Lassen County community. While neither of them was ever members of 4-H they have been giving their time or financially supporting of local youth in the 4-H program since the 1970’s.

Curtis came to Lassen County in 1967 where he worked for a local rancher. He was going to move home but loved the area so much that he talked Joan into moving here and they eloped in Reno in 1968. Curt had a chance to lease a ranch and raise cattle – you would know this ranch now as the Egan Ranch. Curt decided he wanted to make more money to help pay his ranch lease, so he started working at Cox’s Feed Store. In 1970 the owner of the ranch wanted to sell it but had to buy Curt out. Curt used the money from the lease sale to buy Cox’s Feed Store (now it’s the building where Zaengle’s Furniture is).

Curt and Joan Moran

Curt and Joan became partners with Mr. Clark a few years later and bought The Pardner. They sold Cox’s Feed Store to Al Robbins where he established his furniture empire aka “Robbin’s House of Furniture.”

Joan worked as a schoolteacher at Shaffer Elementary School for four years and spent the remainder of her career, until retirement in 2010, at Richmond Elementary School. Joan has spent countless hours volunteering here in Lassen County. She was a member of the Cowbelles and has fond memories of the Jr. Rodeo BBQ and the Taste of Beef Sip of Wine event. Joan is one of the many friendly faces you see year after year when you check still exhibits into the Lassen County Fair. She also works at Wemple’s Pumpkin Patch with school field trips.

Curt is a past Sheriff’s Posse Captain, Elks Lodge member, member of Farm Bureau, served ten years on the Lassen County Fair Board and in general loves giving back to the youth in 4-H and FFA. Curt has been recognized as Volunteer of the Year, Grand Marshall of the Lassen County Fair and received the Western Fair’s Association Blue Ribbon Award for service.

They both love supporting the Jr. Livestock Auction and had great pride watching kids start their projects and successfully make it to sale day. Joan’s favorite auction memory was buying Sunny Mallery’s Grand Champion Lamb, many years ago, for about $15.00/lb.

Curt and Joan appreciated the 4-H Program and noticed that all their employees with 4-H background were hard working, dependable and dedicated. They just “had something nobody else had” when they came to work.

Curt and Joan sponsor two scholarships for Lassen High School Agriculture Students. One of the scholarships is for those bound for college and the other is specifically for those students interested in trade schools.

Every community needs a Curt and Joan. They sure make ours special! Welcome to the Hall of Fame Curt and Joan – we are better people for knowing you.

Next year the Lassen County 4-H Leadership Project will open nominations for the 4-H Hall of Fame to the public. We hope you enjoyed learning about our freshman class of inductees. We will see you next year!

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