MOORE, Robert D.
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Robert D. Moore passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in Arcadia on May 26, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. He had just celebrated his 90th birthday. A native Californian, Robert was born in Fresno, California, in 1922. He grew up with his three brothers and one sister in Fullerton and San Bernardino, California. At 17 years old he began a career in the nursery business, planting and caring for plants at Monrovia Nursery Company in Azusa, a major wholesale producer of container-grown nursery plants. Over a period of 40 years, Robert advanced to the positions of President and Chairman of the Board of Monrovia Nursery.
During World War II, Bob served with the Air Force in Italy for three years. He married and had three daughters and one son before losing his first wife to cancer. In 1981, he married his present wife Martha, who alsohad three daughters and a son. Bob was then President of Monrovia Nursery Company, with 900 employees onsite and over 2500 employees across six nursery locations. During his lengthy career, Bob actively contributed to his local communities and state. He was a past president of the Azusa Kiwanis Club with 28 years of perfect attendance. He was a past member of the Executive Committee of the State Association of Nurserymen and Lt. Governor of the California Association of Nurserymen, Los Angeles, San Fernando and Centinela Chapters. Additional community involvement included being past secretary on the Board of Directors of the Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora. He was a member of the San Gabriel Water Committee of Nine, and Chairman of the San Gabriel River Water Committee. Bob was a member of the Grades and Standards Committee of the American Association of Nurserymen as well as Chairman of the American Association of Nurserymen's 1988 Convention in Anaheim, attended by approximately three thousand.
Bob was a member of the Wholesale Nursery Growers of America and Executive Board of the Horticulture Research Institute of America so it is no surprise that as a member of the National Association of Patent Owners and a Camillia flower hobbiest, he is the owner of the plant patent Camillia japonica, known at the "Pink Pagoda" Camillia. He was also a past Executive of the Board Members of the California Association of Nurserymen. Gov. George Deukmejian appointed Bob a member of the State Board of Food and Agriculture for four years and he continued in that appointment for four more years under Gov. Pete Wilson.
Outside of his professional activities, Bob made time for his other passions, like flying his own airplane, worldwide travel, fishing, avid golfing, baking fabulous Christmas cookies and cakes, and, naturally, gardening.
He is survived by his brother Ken, his wife Martha and stepchildren, Cynthia, Julie, Wendy and Chris as well as his own children, Kris, Bob Jr., Judith and Susan and several grandchildren.
Bob and Martha had just celebrated their 30th Wedding Anniversary in October 2011.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on June 3, 2012