Jim was born September 10, 1926 in Tela, Honduras to Ross Edgar (Dinty) and Adele Ruth Feigel Moore of Rapid City, South Dakota. He had two younger siblings William and Patricia. In those early years his father worked for United Fruit Company and was devoted to the study of soils agriculture in Latin America and the United States. Dinty's work caught the eye of the US federal government and he was called to work for the office of Foreign Agricultural Relations in Washington DC with assignments worldwide.
Jim attended George Washington University in Washington DC and Utah State University where he met his first wife Glenna Bracken of Nephi, Utah. They had four children: Craig, Peggy, Gary, and Todd. Glenna passed away at the young age of 34, a victim of a tragic automobile accident while the family was on a weekend getaway. In May of 1967 dad married Grace Louise Ringwood and welcomed her five boys from a previous marriage into the family - Brent, Bryan, Steven, Curt, and Brad.
Dad was a corporal in the army and served as an airplane crew chief in the 87th Fire Squadron - 79th Fighter Group. His squadron arrived in Germany just after they declared the end of World War II. During his service he was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Our family home was in the East Millcreek area of Salt Lake City and during their working years dad and mom kept their sanity with seven children at home by joining a bowling league. As a family we loved to camp and spent weekends and holidays at either Bear Lake, the North Fork of the Duchesne, or Zions. Dad and mom also supported three of their sons on missions by mopping and shining up Snelgrove's Ice Cream in Sugarhouse after business hours.
Dad was a mechanical inspector, working 10 years at Sperry and retiring in 1992 from Varian Eimac with 25 years of service. Dad and mom spent many winters as snowbirds in Dixie Downs, St. George and summers in their 5th-wheel trailer in Garden City, Utah overlooking Bear Lake. They had a close circle of friends and enjoyed exploring the national parks, searching the desert for minerals and fossils, and four-wheeling in their 1970 Bronco.
Dad played the violin and the harmonica. He was an avid photographer and received an award for his photograph of the Library of Congress which was published in National Geographic magazine. He had a great appreciation of nature and enjoyed camping, hiking, biking, scuba diving, archery, target shooting, boating, and slalom water-skiing. He also enjoyed weightlifting and building models and remote control boats and cars. There was an underlying element of precision in his life and any task he undertook was completed to perfection (which often drove his family crazy). Dad had a gift for conversation and never met a stranger. As siblings, we thank our parents for the example they set and the years of sacrifice and dedication they exhibited on our behalf as they blended two families into one.
Preceded in death by his father and mother; brother William Moore (Deb) of Wildwood, New Jersey; sister Pat Eastman of Los Gatos, California; first wife Glenna and sons Craig Edward age 6, Todd James age 6; daughter-in-law Patrice VanBibber, son-in-law Mike Ashe; and great-grandchildren Collin VanBibber and Connor Trease.
Survived by his second wife of 53 years Louise and children Peggy Ashe, Gary (Teresa) Moore, Brent (Sylvia) VanBibber, Bryan (Manja) VanBibber, Steven (Cheryl) VanBibber, Curt (Cindi) VanBibber, and Brad (Maria) VanBibber, 23 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.
The family expresses their sincere gratitude to Amber and Lisa at Valeo Home Health & Hospice for their professional and compassionate service in dad's final days.
Jim will be buried during a private graveside service in Charleston, Utah. A celebration of his life will be held at an undetermined time and place in the coming months. In lieu of flowers, those that desire to show their love and support for Jim and family are welcome to make a donation at Cyprus Credit Union to "The Donation Account for Mason Nielsen" (great-grandson, age 7) in his fight against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
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