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Former San Marcos Mayor Billy Glenn Moore died September 14, 2013 at age 70 after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born April 10, 1943 in Littlefield, TX to Arthur "Butch" Moore and Corine Alexander Moore.
Billy grew up in West Texas, graduating from Odessa High in 1961 as president of his senior class. He earned an Associate of Arts Degree in 1962 from Odessa Junior College and then moved to San Marcos in 1963 where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a Master of Arts Degree in English/Counseling and Guidance from Southwest Texas State University. In 1968 he enrolled at Louisiana State University where he pursued a doctorate in English Literature.
Billy began 35 years of employment with Texas State University in 1965 until his retirement in 2003. He taught in the English Department for 15 years. From 1986 to 1999, he served as Director of Public Affairs and as Director of Regional and Economic Planning from 1999 to 2003.
He met his wife Marsha in San Marcos, and they were married on May 26, 1973 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Yorktown. Two daughters who were the delight of his life were born: Marissa Katherine in 1979 and Michal Elizabeth in 1982. The family is active in the First Lutheran Church in San Marcos.
Billy began decades of civic involvement in 1980, serving as chair of the San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission for seven years. He was elected three times to City Council Place 5 from 1988-1996 and served two terms as Mayor from 1996-2000. His passion for preservation of the Edwards Aquifer and the spring-fed San Marcos River inspired much of his involvement in local, regional and state committees, federal action and state legislation, culminating in a successful Habitat Conservation Plan to protect endangered species and rules to limit aquifer pumping.
Preceded in death by his parents and by his father-in-law Carlton H. Mueller, Billy is survived by his wife Marsha, daughters, Michal Moore of San Antonio, and Marissa and husband Brandon Austin of Austin, and brother Michael Moore of San Antonio, mother-in-law Gladys Mueller of Yorktown, brothers-in-law Phil and wife Renee Mueller of Yorktown and Charles Mueller of Katy and cherished nieces and nephews.
Billy's family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of the Intensive Care Unit at North Central Baptist Hospital in San Antonio for their loving care of Billy and his family during their two-and-a-half week journey and in the final hours of his life.
The family will receive visitors at a gathering at Thomason Funeral Home (512-396-2300) at 2001 Old Ranch Road 12 on Thursday, September 26 from 5 to 7 pm. A celebration of life will be held at the City of San Marcos Activity Center, 501 East Hopkins on Friday, September 27 at 2 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the Hays-Caldwell Women's Center, First Lutheran Church or Texas State Department of English. Please visit www.CaringBridge.com/visit/billygmoore to read more about Billy's journey and to sign the guestbook or share memories with the family.
Thomason Funeral Home
2001 Ranch Road 12 San Marcos, TX 78666
Published in Express-News on Sept. 22, 2013