FIT FOR DUTY – Thirty-seven recruits graduating from the Alaska Department of Public Safety Training Academy's Law Enforcement Training Session 1802 take the oath of office this afternoon at the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. The audience was told that during the rigorous 16-week session recruits lost a combined 200 pounds of body fat. The graduates will be taking law enforcement positions around the state from the North Slope Borough Police Department to statewide Alaska Wildlife Troopers to the Ketchikan Police Department. Speaker at the ceremony was DPS Deputy Commissioner William Comer, who graduated from the academy in 1985. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Victoria Taprine Moats


Victoria Taprine Moats

Services have been scheduled for Victoria Taprine Moats, who died Sept. 23, 2017, in Pahoa, Hawaii, at age 37.

The service will be 11 a.m. Nov. 4 at Puna Sure Foundation, 16-1592 Pohaku Circle, the corner of Pohaku and Pahoa Highway. A reception will follow at the home of her grandmother, Joyce Davis. Aloha attire will be welcome

Her ashes will be interred in Sitka.

Taprine was born Oct. 27, 1979, in Ketchikan, and graduated from Juneau High. While in Juneau, she and her mother, Melanie Moats, raised 35 foster children. While growing up, Taprine often spent summers in Sitka with her grandmother.

Taprine received a degree in nursing from Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. She loved being a pediatric critical care nurse at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City, then at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

She worked as a traveling nurse from Alaska to Hawaii when she settled in Pahoa with her son Skyler, in 2014.

Taprine loved to travel, and she shared her smile across the United States, Honduras, Guatemala, Tahiti and Scotland. She never met a stranger, and loved children, family, gardening and a good book. But the love of her life was her son, Skyler, age 4.

Taprine is survived by her son, Skyler Moats, and mother Melanie Moats (Mike) of Pahoa; her father, Michael Hurst (Sarah) of Phoenix; brother Casey Moats of Anchorage; sisters Brianna Hurst, of Phoenix and Jennifer Ruhl of Kansas; grandmother Joyce Davis of Pahoa; aunts Susan Hurst, Elida Horn and Kathleen Dapcevich; uncle David Hurst; and many foster siblings.


Condolences may be sent to Melanie Moats, Rural Route 3, Box 1357, Pahoa, HI 96778.

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