Mr. Moore passed away Oct. 16, 2013, after losing a struggle with cancer. He was born Jan. 10, 1943, in Bonham, Texas, to Ladnor Maurice Moore Sr. and Margaret Hardesty Moore. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Mary Kay (Banks) Moore of Jefferson; a son, Jon Ruffin and his wife, Kim; and very special granddaughter, Jillian Moore, all of Lajitas, Texas. He was preceded in death by both parents; one son, Lad III, age 34; and his wife's parents, Eddie and Mary Banks. In 1979, he lost his beloved grandmother Martha Elizabeth "Mommie" Moore, who raised him in the years his father was out of the country pursuing his flying career. Mr. Moore was born in Bonham, Texas. He split his early education years in the Far East and in several U.S. schools around the country including Marshall. One highlight was a nine-month voyage attending school on a steamship freighter sailing to ports of call in the Pacific. Moore then attended Marshall High School where he graduated in 1961. In 1963, he married his high school sweetheart, Kay, and both attended North Texas University, where Lad graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1965. He furthered his education earning master's credits at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
in Chicago. Mr. Moore spent 35 years in corporate life, retiring in 1998 from Moore Corporation as vice president of U.S. manufacturing. (Mr. Moore was not related to the company that coincidentally shares his surname). In his career, the company assigned him to positions of increasing responsibility in nine U.S. locations, including the national headquarters in Chicago. Lad and his wife often cited his work experience as more adventure than task, and they enjoyed each of their locales to the fullest. He has often credited his life success to his wife, someone he said "gave me endless encouragement and kept me standing upright!" After retiring from the company, the Moores made their home on a small farm near Jefferson. It was during these following years that Mr. Moore began his writing career. He was published more than 500 times in print and web magazines, including five editions of Adams Cup of Comfort anthologies, and in Chicken Soup for the Soul. BeWrite Books in the UK also published three short story collections that chronicle Lad's life through high school years. Mr. Moore enjoyed hunting, fishing, off-roading, and of course, his writing. His cherished granddaughter, Jillian, provided a special sparkle in his life and they spent many "Barbie Doll" hours together on her visits. Lad and Kay have been long-time members of Summit Methodist Church in Marshall. Visitation for Mr. Moore will be 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at The Little Chapel by the Lake at Colonial Gardens Cemetery in Marshall, Texas. Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at The Little Chapel by the Lake at Colonial Gardens Cemetery in Marshall, Texas, with James Thompson and Chaplain Dennis Harvey officiating. Interment will follow in Colonial Gardens Cemetery. Pallbearers will be David Moore, Richard Cole, Jim Waters, Jack Canson, Gerald Muckleroy and Ignac Janda. Honorary pallbearers will be Howard Jordan, Steve Moore, Cednel "C.C." Haggerty and Robert Moore. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Pet Place, 1901 Jefferson Avenue, Marshall, Texas 75670 or The Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701. Online condolences may be offered at www.sullivan-funeralhome.com. Sullivan Funeral Home.