Mark F. Moots, M.D.
age 87, passed away Nov. 13, 2012 in Naples, Fla.. Dr. Moots was born to Harry and Frances Moots in Canton, Ohio. He is preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife of 60 years, Fay.
Survivors include his children, Michael Moots (Cathy), Linda Lohr (Robert), Mary Kessler (Robert), Barbara Smith (Gary), Paul Moots, M.D. (Elizabeth), Christine McCallin, Carol Radel (Mark) and Mark Moots, Jr. (Kathryn); grandchildren, John, Michelle, Matthew, Katherine, Bryan, Rebecca, Christian, Jennifer, Travis, Randall, Eileen, Hannah, Skyler, Kyle, Meaghan, Mark, Maureen, Timothy, Andrew and Robert; great-granddaughter, McKinley; sister, Josette DeVore (George); and a host of friends. Dr. Moots had four main loves of his life, God, his family, medicine and golf. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church; former member of the K of C and Rotary Clubs in Canton, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Dayton and was a graduate of the University of Georgetown Medical School. He served his fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio and he was in private practice for 47 years, 23 of which were in Naples. He was the Chief Internal Medicine Doctor for a MASH Unit for 9 months in Korea. Dr. Moots took great interest in the Neighborhood Health Clinic of Naples and Healthcare in Immokalee. He was an active staff member of Naples Community Hospital for many years; past chairman of Department of Internal Medicine; co-founder (with Dr. Silvio Travalia) of Cardio-Pulmonary Rehab Clinic Board of Trustees at Naples Community Hospital from 1989 to 1995; member of Professional Capabilities Committee and Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee; fellow, American College of Physicians, 1973 (his specialty's highest bond); fellow, American College of Cardiology, 1973; former fellow, American College of Chest Physicians; moderator, Collier County Heart Association 1982-1985; member of Collier County Medical Society, Florida State Medical Society, and American Medical Association. Dr. Moots was an amateur golfer, golfing with professionals including Jack Nicholas, Paul Runyan, Pete Dye and Julius Boros. His father, Harry, was a golf professional and his mother, Frances, was a leading amateur golfer in Northeastern Ohio. He won four district junior championships, two Canton district amateur championships and one Stark County Open Championship. In 1942, he lost the State Schoolboy Championship to Mr. Pete Dye, the famous golf course architect. In 1939 he was Paul Runyan's partner in a two man bestball tourney. In 1958 he was barely defeated by Jack Nicholas in the Ohio State Amateur. Several years ago he was Julius Boros's partner at the Naples Beach Club. He held two course records and won his club championship at Brookside C.C. in Canton, Ohio. As a senior player, he enjoyed many rounds with his friends at Imperial Golf Club in Naples. He was active in the Caddie Scholarship Program for College Education known at Chick Evans Scholars of the WGA. He was a life member of Western Golf Association, member VSGA, former member Brookside Country Club of Canton, Ohio and former director of Ohio Golf Association from 1961 to 1977.
Visitation will be held Sunday, Nov. 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Fuller Funeral Home, 1625 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL 34109. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th Avenue North Naples, FL 34108. To leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.fullernaples.com. If friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made to: Evans Scholar Foundation, c/o Western Golf Association, 1 Briar Road, Golf, IL 60029; the University of Dayton Science Department, 300 College Park Avenue, Dayton, OH 45469 or the Neighborhood Health Clinic, 121 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples, FL 34102.
Published in The Repository on Nov. 16, 2012