Having grown up near Seattle, Emil Moilanen arrived on the Olympic Peninsula to begin his teaching career in the fall of 1970. He felt so welcomed by the community of Joyce that he bought property near Whiskey Creek Beach.
In June 2005, Emil retired after 35 years of teaching math and science at Crescent High School. He is active in Crescent Grange of Joyce and the First United Methodist Church of Port Angeles, where he is a co-layleader.
In addition to singing, Emil enjoys gardening, camping, sailing, walking, traveling and managing a 40-acre forest with his wife and family.