Brian Hart Moss

1944 ~ 2024

July 15, 1944 – May 10, 2024

Brian Hart Moss, peacefully slipped to the other side of the veil while his entire family surrounded him: wife, children and grandchildren alike. His daughter, her husband and her daughter, who were on a trip to Iowa, were able to join the family by Facetime for hours and witnessed Brian’s last breath. It was a very special moment. Brian passed in his home in Salt Lake City, Utah and had been under IHC Hospice care for a few weeks. Brian had been dealing with Parkinson’s Disease for 15 years. His last 4 years were spent in a wheelchair. His loving wife cared for him daily until his passing. He passed two months short of his 80th
birthday and 3 weeks short of their 52nd wedding anniversary.

Brian was born in Salt Lake City to Senator Frank E. Moss and Phyllis Hart Moss, and was the third of four children. He was born during World War II while his father was serving in the military in London, England. So as to not worry Ted, Phyllis did not inform his father of the
anticipation until he was born. It was a joyful surprise for Ted and he named “Brian” after a young boy he admired in London.

Brian’s early years were spent at 1430 East, 1300 South. He attended Uintah Elementary School in Salt Lake City. Brian entered the work force at a young age as a paper boy for the Salt Lake Tribune. This was the start of his lifelong habit of rising early, that benefited him every day. For many years in his adult life, he would direct us to drive through his “old neighborhood” to review those wonderful old memories of newspapers and friends.

Brian attended Roosevelt Junior High School in Salt Lake City from 1957 to 1959. January 1959 Ted was elected to the United States Senate representing Utah. After moving to the Chevy Chase area in Washington, D.C. Brian attended Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, graduating in 1963.

Brian made many close and lifelong friends in Washington, D.C. He attended the Chevy Chase Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed playing ward basketball. They won local and regional tournaments, traveled to Salt Lake City for the Church sponsored championships, and met the President of the Church. At the same time, he took advantage of his father’s connections and worked as a Page in the United States Senate. Brian had the chance to serve and interact with many Senate and world leaders, such as John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Brian went on to serve in the Utah Army National Guard for 6 years, completing his Basic Army Administration training at Fort Ord in California in 1964. During this time Brian also gained his private pilot’s license. Flying, became his passion in life, with or without a plane of his own.Brian served a faithful mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Mexican Mission from 1965 to 1967. He learned to speak Spanish and was excellent at it, continuing to use it his entire life.

Brian attended the University of Utah, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a minor in Spanish. For the rest of his life, Brian’s Pike ring was a part of his daily attire. He joined the Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) fraternity and again made many lifelong friends. Upon graduating from the University in the spring of 1970, Brian went on to campaign for his father’s third term as Senator. Brian gained a real passion for government affairs and the politics of the day. He had a very level head that could see both sides of a debate and offer
reasonable considerations for both.

During the summer of 1970, Brian met his future wife, Carol Brennan, who had just finished her college degree in Washington, D.C. It was an unlikely meeting at a private fundraising dinner for Senator Moss, but since has been considered a “meant to be”. Brian introduced his future wife to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They were married in Carol’s hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in June 1972, and later sealed in the Washington, D.C. for all time and eternity in June 1975. The couple’s first three children were born there: Heather Ann Moss (Johnsen), Brennan Hart Moss and Kristine Lynn Moss (Bastian). Their fourth child, Bradley Hart Moss, was born in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Brian was a warm and friendly, outgoing man that was smart and able to accomplish many assignments in the business world. When first married, the couple lived in Bethesda and Potomac, Maryland as Brian spearheaded the drug and alcohol abuse prevention program of
Allied Youth Inc., with offices in the Washington, D.C. area.

In 1974, Brian was appointed as special assistant to the Director of Foreign Disaster Emergency Relief Program for USAID in the State Department. He participated in bringing emergency help to millions of disaster victims in foreign nations. His expertise and resourcefulness brought great credit to the United States Government for its humanitarian efforts. Brian travelled the world from the flood waters of Calcutta, India to earthquake recovery help in Guatemala, with many stops in between.

In the fall of 1979, Governor Scott Matheson invited Brian to return to Utah with his family to direct the Utah Office of the Four Corners Regional Commission, a program created to provide economic development and assistance to rural communities. Brian was excited to return to Utah to raise his family near cousins and to be close to Utah’s beautiful outdoors (especially Lake Powell).

Throughout his career, Brian was involved in various businesses but found his love working in the biotech sector working for NPI as the manager of international operations. In 1996 Brian began a 10-year leadership position as Director of the Utah Life Science Association that brought together many of the life science industry members that included medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology.

In 2006, Brian retired from the business world to accept a Mission call from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve as Mission President with his wife as his companion, in the Mexico Tampico Mission from 2006-2009. It was a marvelous work among amazing people. At the end of Brian’s mission, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and has bravely dealt with it at every stage.

Brian loved his family and Church above all else. He was able to serve as bishop, bishop’s counselor, Stake high council member, Stake Sunday School Presidency member and Mission President. He was gifted in working with people and instilled love and confidence in others.
Brian taught his family love, service to others, adventure and a love of the outdoors. Our favorite memories were created at Lake Powell with annual family houseboat trips and Bethany Beach, Delaware vacations with our very dear life-long friends. Hiking at Brighton in the mountains of Utah was another favorite place.

Brian will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He leaves a legacy of love, service, adventure and appreciation for all he has received. He is survived by his wife, Carol; his four children, Heather (Jason) Johnsen, Brennan (Natalie Kimball) Moss, Kristine (Lance) Bastian, and Bradley (Sarah Mackey) Moss, and 19 amazing grandchildren; also, his brothers F. Edward (Marilyn Moffit) Moss and Gordon J. (Linda Podoleski) Moss. Brian was preceded in death by his father and mother and his sister, Marilyn Moss Armstrong.

The family would like to extend their deep appreciation for the Hospice Group of IHC that attended to Brian in his last month. Their care and respect for Brian and his family was exceptional.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 17, 2024, at 11 a.m., at the Federal Heights Ward, 1300 East Fairfax Road in Salt Lake City, Utah. A viewing will be held Thursday evening, May 16th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Federal Heights Ward and in the morning on Friday from 9:30 to
10:40 a.m. prior to the services there. Interment will follow at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

The funeral will be zoomed online from the Larkin Mortuary website under the obituary found at www.larkinmortuary.com (or on the following link:https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/duL1lUmjT0e-ep-KDojVPNOIQFFniugKeXTt2ZnCP7-PDRgw6fIivMsCRXL8GKa9.sl8KL5H9s1Nn7fc6?startTime=1715963408000 and will remain online for a period of time. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Humanitarian Aid Fund: https://donate.churchofjesuschrist.org/contribute/church/humanitarian-services?cid=Memorial Humanitarian


Guestbook/Condolences

Mi más sentido pésame, un gran hombre y excelente presidente de misión

Thanks for sharing this information sister Moss


- Victor contreras

My condolences to the Moss family and everyone he leave behind. I will always remember Brian as our Teachers leader and Scout leader when we lived in Potomac Maryland in 76-77. He was such a fun and outgoing man, I remember Him taking us all skiing to some resort I can’t remember now in Pennsylvania and how much fun he made it. Coming from Utah he said these hills don’t compare to the resorts out west. The last time we saw him was when our family moved back to Salt lake in 1977 and we ran into him in a McDonalds in Pennsylvania once again. I always wondered what happened to him over the years and am saddened to see his struggles with Parkinson’s at the end of his life. I will always have fond memories of how alive and fun he was. Of course he was only 32 and I was 14. It’s just crazy how fast life goes and you need to embrace everyday and love your family.


- Jeffrey Larsen

He was a great and fun man, I had the honor to serve my mission under his administration and I have nothing but fond memories of him. Rest in peace president Moss, and my condolences to his beautiful family.


- José Cano

He was my mission president. The best advice he gave me was to try it without being afraid or embarrassed. That advice continues to guide me to this day. Thank you President Moss


- Daniel Gomar Rojano

My deepest condolences to the Moss family.
He was my mission president in Tampico and he gave one of the wisest advice I ever had.
I'm thankful for the time being under his guidance.
May his family find solace in the love of our Heavenly Father.


- Hector Gomez

We are deeply saddened on Brian’s passing. May our Lord surround you with his love a


- Mark & Deborah Starin

Our deepest sympathies on Brian’s passing to you, Carol, and your family. May our Lord surround you with love and comfort at this very difficult time.


- Mark & Deborah Starin

Hna. Moss le envío un abrazo grande para usted y su familia, me parte el corazón saber está noticia, fue un excelente presidente de misión, pero mas aun, fue un excelente ser humano.


- JESUS SARIÑANA

Pres. Moss was a great man and a great mission president. I'll forever remember bowling with him one P-Day. He'll be sorely missed.


- Gary Dawkins

Carol, I am so sorry to hear about Brain. My husband Doug told me had seen you both up at the Parkinson’s PT gym. We are fighting our battle with this disease too.
I remember Brain being so good with Brennen and his friends (my son Jeff). Brennan saw us at some youth football games and he was so friendly. He reminded me of his dad.
My prayers and warm hugs are with you. I hope you can feel comfort like a warm blanket. I am so glad our lives touched.


- Lois Horne

President Moss was a stellar man who served his Savior until the very end. While in Tampico, he served with a smile and showed all of his missionaries how to perserverar hasta el fin. Take care, President. Te amamos!


- Kevin Rothlisberger

Gracias Presidente Moss por sus enseñanzas durante su tiempo de servicio en la gloriosa Mision Mexico Tampico, le aprecio y deseo que algun dia nos volvamos a ver revestidos de gloria.


- Aaron Gonzalez

President Moss was a great man, together with her wife teach me great things of the gospel of Jesuschrist.

We love you and we pray for all the Moss family.


- Misael Lara Sánchez

Amado Presidente Moss, le amo y que el Señor le tenga en su regazo...hasta volver a vernos con el Rey.


- Ex Elder Gaspar

Dear Moss Family,
It is with great sadness that I read of the passing of Brian. He was always a bright ray of sunshine. My sister, Alison Hardy Decker, and I had the privilege of enjoying our high school years with Brian in the Chevy Chase Ward. The Hardy family had great admiration for his outstanding parents. My mother, Maren Eccles Hardy, worked in Senator Wallace F. Bennett's office at the time. I enjoyed being a cheerleader for Brian's basketball team. The youth in the the Chevy Chase ward had a 2nd father in Alan Moorehead who also loved Brian very much. I loved reading about Brian's exceptional life -- full of accomplishments, family, and service in the Church. With deepest sympathy, Maren Hardy Hale, Provo


- Maren Hardy Hale

Dearest Sister Moss,

Please accept my deepest condolences on the irreplaceable loss of President Moss.

I had the privilege of knowing and serving under President Moss during my mission in Mexico-Tampico from 2006 to 2007. During that time, he was an extraordinary example of love, service, and dedication to the Gospel. His wise leadership, genuine kindness, and deep faith always inspired me to be a better missionary and a better disciple of Jesus Christ.

I am sure that his positive impact extended far beyond me. I know that he touched the lives of many young missionaries whom he served with such love and dedication. His example will continue to be a guide and an inspiration to all of us.

I have full conviction that President Moss is now in a better place, with the Lord. May this certainty bring you comfort and strength during this time.

May God bless you and your entire family, and grant you the peace and comfort that only He can give.

With much love and prayers, Julio Celón


- Julio Celón

Hola querida hna. Moss, reciba un cordial y fraternal saludo, deseando que halle pronta paz y consuelo en el Señor Jesucristo y su Expiación por la partida de nuestro querido Presidente Moss.

Sepan que les recuerdo con mucho amor por los gratos momentos que pasamos como Misioneros en Tampico; me siento agradecido por haberles conocido y servir junto a ustedes y bajo el liderazgo del Presidente.

Le tengo presente en mis oraciones hermana.

Abraham Rodríguez Flores,
Misión México Tampico
Junio de 2006 - Junio de 2008


- Elder Rodríguez Flores Abraham

Brian was only my mission president for a couple months, but he was a great one! He was always so kind and patient with us missionaries, and you just felt good being around him. He will be missed.


- Stephen Robertson

Dear Carol and family
My deepest condolences to you and your extended family on the sad loss of your loved husband, father and grandfather
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time however I am sure that with the support of your family it is very consoling for you
My deepest sympathies to you all
Mary Boos Meyr


- Mary Boos Meyr

Dear Carol and family
My deepest condolences to you and your extended family on the sad loss of your loved husband, father and grandfather
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time however I am sure that with the support of your family it is very consoling for you
My deepest sympathies to you all
Mary Boos Meyr


- Mary Boos Meyr

Dear Carol and family
My deepest condolences to you and your extended family on the sad loss of your loved husband, father and grandfather
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time however I am sure that with the support of your family it is very consoling for you
My deepest sympathies to you all
Mary Boos Meyr


- Mary Boos Meyr

Dear Carol and family
My deepest condolences to you and your extended family on the sad loss of your loved husband, father and grandfather
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time however I am sure that with the support of your family it is very consoling for you
My deepest sympathies to you all
Mary Boos Meyr


- Mary Boos Meyr