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Juan A. Moran, 61, of Greeley, Colorado, went to sleep in Jesus at the onset of the
Sabbath, Friday, October 14th, 2022, at 6:34pm, in Greeley. He was surrounded by his family
and held in the hearts of many from afar. Juan was born in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico to Juan &
Josefina (Soto) Moran on May 19,1961.
His family immigrated to Lincoln, Nebraska in March of 1973. As the sixth child with eight
sisters and one brother, he grew up surrounded and cared for by many women, and admired
them greatly, grateful and seeking to validate those that had given him so much, especially his
grandmother, “Doña Lupita”, and his five aunts. Their inspiration and strength stayed in his
He adjusted to life in the United States quite rapidly and graduated from Lincoln High,
before going on to study Theology at Union College in Lincoln Nebraska. After graduating, he
decided to study law at the University of Iowa and would pursue a career in it. On September
15, 1991, in Lincoln, Nebraska, Juan married the love of his life, Patricia (Trish) Escobar. He
settled in Greeley, Colorado with her and would stay there the rest of his life as he served the
migrant community there, and in the surrounding areas as an intern before settling to work in Worker’s
Compensation. Eventually, he and Trish welcomed their beloved children, first born, Chloe A. Moran, and seven years later Ethan G. Moran.
Juan worked devotedly throughout his life and always had a heart for the
underprivileged. His work helped fulfill his passion to help others, and through it he found many
amazing colleagues and friends. Having grown up with want, he never forgot his responsibility
to give back. He served as a preacher at his beloved Elm Haven Seventh Day Adventist
Church, often telling children’s stories of his formative years in Saltillo. He had a soft spot for
children, encouraging and supporting them with their schooling.
His love and passion for life including traveling, going on many trips across the globe
with his family to see and learn, try new cuisine and culture. It brought him so much joy to
explore new places and meet new people. Anyone he met was a friend, and there was a
warmth in his soul that he shared with everyone, whether through a joke or a meaningful
Above all, he marveled at the beauty and complexity of the character of his wonderful
Jesus. He preached a series on the book of Hebrews and always remarked about what an
unimaginable being his savior was. He often said no one could have imagined Jesus, for he was
beyond human comprehension. His ardent desire was for his loved ones, (sisters, brother,
nieces, nephews, in-laws, great nieces and great nephews, friends and colleagues) to get to
know the things that made his heart beat with joy. The good news of the gospel and the third
angel’s message, he insisted, were truths all needed to come to understand for themselves.
His battle with Covid-19, which started in November of 2020, ended after nearly two
years. Miraculously, Juan defied the odds several times despite negative medical feedback which
gave us more time with him. After being intubated for so long, he had to relearn to swallow, grip,
sit for longer than a minute, stand, and finally walk. Through each daily battle and struggle during
those two years, no one ever heard a complaint from him. He remarked that he had not suffered
enough as compared to his savior Jesus Christ. He was ever grateful, kind and loving until the
very end. His nurses and doctors, who cared for him so graciously, loved him. He often invited
them to his beloved little Elm Haven Church as he was so very proud of all the love and support,
they had offered him and his family.
His last words were “God is good” and we and his family want to thank each of you for
the part you have played in this most difficult time for us. The support and love and caring that
has been poured upon us has been such a blessing and helped us care for him as capably
possible. Truly, we could not have traversed this uphill road without you, and as Job would have
said: “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away’ blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Juan is survived by his loving wife, Trish Escobar; children, Chloe & Ethan Moran;
siblings, Martha (Harlan) Hettenbaugh, Josie (David) Bennett, Alma (Levi) Perez, Rocio Moran,
Norma Gonzalez, Alicia Hettenbaugh, Jesse Moran, Silvia Moran, Gabriela Moran, and a large
loving extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Celebration of Life will be at 4:00pm on Saturday, October 29th, 2022, at Greeley
Seventh-day Adventist Church, at 1002 21st Ave, Greeley, CO 80631. If you are unable to
attend in person, you can search for Greeley SDA Church YouTube channel and tune in at