Obituary of William Moynihan (1956 – 2021) – Boise, ID



William Michael Moynihan III
January 28, 1956 – November 16, 2021
Boise, Idaho – William Michael Moynihan III, or “Bill”, or dad, as we knew him, passed away in Boise, Idaho on November 16, 2021 after sudden and unexpected illness. He was lovingly surrounded by his 43-year-old wife Elizabeth Ann Moynihan (Brennan) and daughters Mary Katherine Torres and Molly Collins.
Bill was born a twin on January 28, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan, to William Michael Moynihan II and Maureen Moynihan (Sinnott). As one of five children with a matching twin, Bill was raised in a home of Irish descent and Catholic faith. Bill and Joe were a charming and mischievous duo; traits in Bill that continued into adulthood. As a product of Detroit, Bill was a huge fan of Motown sports teams, especially the Red Wings and Tigers.
Bill attended Gesu Catholic School and the University of Detroit Jesuit College and Academy. Exposure to Jesuit philosophy has always influenced Bill’s life and ethics. Bill was modest and viewed paying his debts an act of integrity. Yet Bill was incredibly generous. His philanthropy and benevolent actions were met with only one requirement: anonymity. Bill had a tremendous work ethic, was a voracious reader, and practiced a strict economy of words.
Bill attended Michigan State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics in 1978, adding the Spartans to his list of beloved teams. Later that same year, he married the girl who had grown up two blocks away; the love of her life, Betsy Brennan, at Marygrove College.
In 1980, Bill and Betsy moved west to Boise, Idaho. The move took Bill to the arid west and he was often heard expressing his gratitude for the life he had built here in Idaho. This is in large part due to the Brennan family who settled here and the rewarding job he loved. In 1981, Bill was hired by AceCo Precision Manufacturing as a part-time machinist and general laborer; by dint of courage and common sense, he finally became president of the company. Bill helped lead the business to great success and cared deeply for the employees. The family is grateful to have already received so many stories of Bill’s kindness and humor.
Despite all of his business successes, Bill was even more successful as a husband and father. Dad could turn a sentence and whatever impact it intended it was understood. Dad was at home for family dinners, driving for sports, attending piano recitals, Sunday school, and parent-teacher conferences. For many years, he spent every fall and spring weekend at the Simplot Sports Complex watching his three children each play two (sometimes more) soccer games. Her three children – Billy, Mary Kay and Molly – grew up incredibly beloved and received every opportunity, every support. In 2011, Bill lost his oldest and only son, Billy. In a way true to his roots, Bill mourned his son in quiet grace and we are comforted that they are happily reunited. In 2016, Bill became a grandfather and earned another name, and perhaps the most endearing of all: “Dad”. He loved the role and loved his four granddaughters without limit; he was a hug, a coin giver, a joke-teller, and was sure the house was filled with cookies and treats grandparents could hand out freely.
Bill was a man who couldn’t stand fools, rights holders, or rude people. He loved a good cigar, an inappropriate joke, and a raging fire in the backyard fireplace. Her tight hugs, her stories, her wise advice were not to be missed – and yet, just days after her passing, we miss them deeply.
Bill is survived by his wife and soul mate, Betsy Moynihan; his daughter Mary Katherine Torres (Nick); and daughter Molly Collins (Sean). He is also survived by his mother, Maureen Moynihan, and his four granddaughters Mia Torres (5), Theodora Collins (4), Ruth Torres (3) and Annie Bill Collins (1). He will miss his four siblings, thirteen in-laws and sixteen nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Bronco Athletic Association’s Women’s Athletic Care Foundation. They are located at 1910 W. University Drive, Boise, ID 83725.
Bill Moynihan’s funeral will be held at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral at 807 N. 8th St, Boise, Idaho 83702 on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 10:00 am.
Memories and condolences can be shared with Bill’s family on his memorial webpage at

Posted by Idaho Statesman from November 21 to November 28, 2021.

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