Truman Craig MOORE(1944 - 2014)

MOORE, Truman Craig

Hark the Herald Angels sing! Truman Craig Moore- son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, coach, mentor, and above all a man who devoted his life to God- was welcomed home by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, June 9, 2014 at the age of 69, the eventual result of a heart attack suffered February 1.

Born in Oklahoma City on July 19, 1944 to Rita Murray Moore and Truman Overton Moore, Craig, as he was known to all, spent the first nine years of his life in Oklahoma. Together with his older sister, Lyndal, and his younger brother, Brent, they moved to Amarillo in 1953. At Amarillo High School he participated in ROTC and had significant achievements in track and field where he developed a lifelong joy of the pole vault; graduating in 1962. Craig then attended Amarillo College, where he was crowned the Western Junior College Pole Vault Co-Champion, and after graduating in 1964, served a one-year internship as a writer for Track and Field News in San Francisco, CA. He returned to attend West Texas State (now West Texas A&M University) in 1968 where he was in the Student Senate, set records in the annual Turkey Trot, and served as Recording Secretary of the Sigma Nu fraternity. A degree in English awaited him there, along with a deeper love and appreciation for the open plains and the rugged independence of the people who settled the area and made it such a wonderful place to grow up. Craig attained a Master's of Library Science at the University of North Texas in 1969.

After college, Craig took a job with the Veteran's Administration and moved to Washington D.C. After church one afternoon, he spied a long set of legs belonging to Cloydia 'Dia' Taylor of Arlington, Virginia. Their relationship blossomed over Bible studies and cruises in Craig's 1967 baby blue Datsun 2000 sports car named "Lochinvar." They married on August 21, 1971, and their thoughts were never apart from each other again. Together they had two sons and a daughter all of which graduated from Westlake High School. Setting an example from an early age, Craig and Dia worked two jobs each to ensure that needs were always met.

The measure of a man is taken over a period of a life well lived, and Craig was a titan. From instilling a love of travel in the family with the fondest of memories cultivated with camping trips in a pop-up camper from the shores of the Texas Gulf Coast to Mount Rushmore; to a leadership position in super Troop 496 of the Boy Scouts of America, which took him on expeditions through the mountains of northern New Mexico, his sharp mind and astoundingly deep knowledge on a range of subjects were shared with all. Craig never had a bad day, never complained, and was the undisputed poet laureate of Clan Murray/Moore. He taught the family to fish for a lifetime of joy, but eschewed spinning reels for the more traditional fly rod, and in this, as in many things, Craig was a renaissance man, with deep rooted ideas of family and faith that were best experienced through the life of service to others that he led. His children were a source of joy beyond compare, particularly as they all grew above his 5'11" stature. Craig enjoyed playing Bridge and Dominos with his friends of 30+ years from the University Avenue Church of Christ, traveling, and after retiring in 1999 from his first career as Head of Data Security for the Veteran's Administration, discovered his true calling as a teacher at Brentwood Christian School. He created and was editor of the Brentwood poetry journal, coached TCSIT poetry, and also shared his immense knowledge in innovative ways with a new generation who gained a perspective on history and humanities. While he enjoyed teaching, he LOVED coaching the field teams for track, and got to influence others with his nuanced appreciation of all things pole vault. Two of his pole-vaulting girls placed in the State Track meet, with one currently striving to become a member of the US Olympic team.

Craig served as a church elder at UA for over 15 years, was on the board of Micah 6 Austin, a food bank ministering to the homeless and helped establish and served on the board of the Foundation for Biblical Studies at the University of Texas. Craig also previously served on the board of Lifeline Chaplaincy. An avid reader of poetry and all things western, additionally Craig was a big fan of early traditional country, folk, and Scottish music, and was a sometime guitarist, banjo picker (claw hammer style) and harmonica player.

Craig was preceded in death by his mother Rita, of Amarillo, Aunt Velma Wayland of Arizona, grandmother Bessie Moore of California and in-laws Cloyd and Ruth Taylor, of Arlington VA.

One might say that like John Wesley Powell, Craig was a good man to ride the river with. An extraordinary man whose remarkable qualities live on in the many lives that he touched, he is dearly missed by those surviving him, including the love of his life, wife Dia, father Truman, sister Lyndal Coats (son Eric Coats and daughter Chrystal Kasch), brother Brent (wife Deborah and daughter Karrie), sister-in-law Mary Warmbrod (husband Ken and daughter Mandy), brother-in-law Cloyd Taylor (wife Kay and son Allen), sons Cade (wife Mesha and daughter Katrina) Corbin (wife Jen and daughters Merritt, Molly, and Mallory), daughter Cara, and a host of family and friends.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to UA Church of Christ Christian Service Center, 1903 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705; or to Brentwood Christian School, 11908 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas 78753. The family would like to thank the congregations of the University Avenue and Westover Hills Churches of Christ for their many kindnesses, love, and support during this transition. Thanks also to Hospice Austin for their assistance.

A celebration of Craig's life will be held at UA Church of Christ, 1903 University Ave, Austin, 2:00pm on Sunday, June 15, with refreshments afterwards. Dr. Eddie Sharp, Minister, officiating. You are invited to wear something western in honor of Craig. Free parking is available at the AT&T Conference Center parking garage off 20th. Please bring your ticket to the church to be validated.

Published in Austin American-Statesman from June 14 to June 16, 2014