Donald Ray Moore passed away at his home in Lakeview with his beautiful wife and lovely daughters by his side on December 23, at 8:58 a.m. He is loved and will be missed by many family members and friends. Don's family was the most important thing to him and always came first. He loved his wife ferociously, he loved his daughters and their families adamantly, and he loved his parents and siblings dearly.
Don was welcomed into this world on August 26, 1956, to Sidney and Maude Moore of Drain, OR. He was greeted by 3 big brothers Robert Moore (deceased), Cecil Parker, Marion Moore, and 3 big sisters Audrey Moore, Susan Sudaisar, and Kathy Powell. Don's siblings showered their very cute little brother with loving attention. Three years later, he was followed by a little brother Mark Moore.
Don found his own path quickly, finding adventures all around with his siblings, nieces, and nephews, from riding ponies, climbing trees, exploring forests, to capturing water skippers. Being one of 8 children, Don learned very quickly to get along with everyone. His sense of empathy, compassion, and understanding developed into a gentle soul who would go to great lengths to help others and be kind to all. This compassion and love shown through in his tender lyrics, he was our lyrical Poet.
Sports were a huge part of Don's life. The sports of choice in the Moore house were Football and baseball; which Don excelled at. After high school, Don was invited to play on the Doc Steward baseball team.
On August 14, 1983, Don married the love of his life, Claudia Evans. On that day they brought two families into one, Don's daughter Kristen and Claudia's daughters Amanda and Christy. Soon they added to their family Celia and Jessica, solidifying the family with five beautiful daughters. Don and Claudia’s life led them on many adventures as they worked to make their family secure. As the girls were growing, Don and Claudia made sure they had opportunities to fulfill their growing dreams. Don was so proud of the young women their daughters were becoming.
As their family grew to welcome in-laws and grandchildren, Don grew to his favorite role, Papa. He was happy to add all who came his way: Mandy and husband Terry Curtis and their children Liam, Ayana and Emma; Kristen and her husband Jacob Sweat and their children Olivia, Jacob Jr., Kaelyn and Shailee; Christy and her husband Rory Simpson and their children Evaleen and Declan; Celia (Sally) and her children Jane and Henry; Jessica and her husband Adam Rasmussen and their sons Tyler and Cooper. He cherished every single one of them.
Throughout his life, his heart was deep and full, and his love was unconditional. Those of us who were blessed to be a part of that love knew the depths it reached. Don was many things, he was wise, he was kind, he was thoughtful, he was empathetic, he was insightful, and he was talented. But most of all, he gave and received love. Don's greatest legacy is the love and compassion that he taught his daughters, to be passed on and shared with the world.
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