Raised on a farm in the Carroll district, Jim. Jr. carried on the family tradition as a successful producer and exhibitor of high-quality cattle.
He organized the Carroll Swine Club in the ’50s and led the combined 4-H Calf and Swine Club for several years. As a long-time director of the Provincial Exhibition, he was for many years in charge of the largest 4-H rallies in Western Canada.
Moffatt was involved with the Souris and Glenwood Agricultural Society, the Manitoba Hereford Association and the Manitoba Cattle Breeders and served as president of all these organizations.
A long-time director of the Manitoba Winter Fair prior to its becoming the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, he served as its president for the period 1957 to 1960. During his tenure, the winter fair took on an air of dignity hitherto unknown. It was due in large part to this elevation of dignity that the Manitoba Winter Fair was granted the “Royal” proclamation in 1970. The leadership he exhibited as president of the Manitoba Winter Fair carried over into his presidency of the Provincial Exhibition, 1970-71, he being the first president to serve after the amalgamation of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair and the Provincial Exhibition.
In 1965, Moffatt became manager of the Brandon assembly yard of the Manitoba Hog Commission and held this position for 20 years until he retired in 1985. Working there, he began to promote pork by barbecuing boneless smoked loins. The product became so popular that in 1973 the marketing board purchased a van and barbecue equipment. The “Pork Promoter” became well known across the province and beyond and he thereby marketed hundreds of tons of pork.
Moffatt was a member of the Carroll Court of the Canadian Order of Foresters and the Souris Kiwanis Club. After retirement, he became an enthusiastic golfer and was serving as president of the Glen Lea Senior Men’s Golf Club at the time of his death. He served on the board of the Carroll United Church and as an usher and board member of the Central United Church in Brandon for nearly 20 years.
He and his wife Gladys raised a family of two girls and three boys. Moffatt was a true rural community leader in every sense of the world and a tireless worker on behalf of agriculture and the rural community.