Bay St. Louis man remembered for his love of family

A Bay St. Louis man remembered as a family first kind of guy was known for putting his children ahead of everything else.

Ryan Moran was killed Monday afternoon when he was hit by a train near Lakeshore Road.

The 32-year-old left behind a wife, Destin, and children Ryanna and Kash. Kash’s twin brother, Kace, died in 2019 from Ohtahara Syndrome, a genetic epilepsy disorder.

Destin said the loss of his young son hit Ryan hard and he struggled with the loss.

But recently, he had started to heal. He spent time with his children and coached Ryanna’s basketball team. “It brought him unimaginable joy,” she said of his coaching stint.

His love of kids extended to nieces and nephews — and was known as Uncle Noon or Pie — and was a proud mama’s boy, Destin said.

Ryan spent time every day with the kids and Destin and loved spending time with his pit bull, Rosie.

He loved sports — was a Saints football fan and a Cavaliers basketball fan. He loved to fish, play golf, ride 4-wheelers and play some hoops and even indulge in a game of foosball.

“He had a beautiful smile, a goofy personality and a wild heart,” Destin said. “But he will always be remembered for how amazing of a daddy he was.”

Ryan wasn’t often called by his name. His family had a nickname for him that friends used just as much. His family called him Coon — short for Raccoon. Destin said when he was born, his uncle Wesley visited in the hospital. When Wesley got a look at Ryan’s long fingers and toes, he said, “Look at those coon feet!” The nickname stuck.

Destin said it’s been passed down, too. Ryanna is “Coonette” and Kash is “Coon Jr.”

Destin said on her social media page that her heart was hurting with the loss of her husband.

“I hope you know how much I love you Ryan Prentiss. I am so thankful God gave us these past few months together because it reminded me how real our love for each other is. I will forever cherish the memories.”

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