Aaron Patrick MOORE
1992 - 2016
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MOORE, Aaron Patrick
Aaron Patrick Moore died tragically of an accidental gunshot wound on Monday December 12, 2016. He was celebrating his 24th birthday at the time of his death. Aaron had much to celebrate! He was one semester away from graduating from Texas State University, he had recently gotten his first apartment and his first dog, and he was moving towards partnership with his father in the family business. Aaron had recently written a strategic plan to expand the business, leaving his father mightily impressed.

Aaron loved sports and the great outdoors. He was a fierce competitor and hated to lose. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends. He also loved his country and often expressed a desire to serve in the armed forces as a Navy Seal or a Special Forces soldier. Aaron would have been a great soldier or firefighter and his uncle Keith tried to recruit him to a firefighting career often. It was only recently that Aaron made the choice to join his father in business. Aaron also loved working out! When asked about the bulk he had gained and how muscular he was he replied (in the deepest voice imaginable), "I just work out".

Aaron was protective of his younger sister and brother, not because they needed protection but because that was who Aaron was. They looked up to and admired their big brother and they will miss him greatly. Aaron admired and appreciated his sister's and brother's talents, maturity, compassion, and intelligence. Aaron loved his Pawpaw and thought him to be not only the smartest man he ever met but also the wisest. Aaron loved the time he spent at holidays and birthdays with his Pawpaw and Nana and large extended family. Aaron was his father's best friend and while they spent much time outdoors hunting and fishing they spent many quality hours just talking. He was a big guy at 6'3" and about 250 lbs. He was the guy you wanted to carry the big load and he was always happy to do so. While Aaron towered over his mother, he leaned on her when he needed help making sense of the world. They would often go to breakfast or lunch, or go to a movie or walk the dogs around the lake and talk about life.

Aaron was deeply loved by his friends who remember him as a kind, generous, selfless soul who could keep them laughing until they were breathless. He was funny and relaxed and a really terrible tuba player. While they won't be going on any more adventures, they have their memories to hold and cherish.

Aaron was born on December 12, 1992 in Minneapolis, MN but he got home to Texas as soon as he could. He went to Austin Waldorf School from kindergarten through tenth grade. He finished high school at St. Stephen's Episcopal School where he played football and baseball. He attended the University of Portland where he played baseball for two years before transferring to St. Edwards University. Aaron was six credit hours away from graduating from Texas State University with a degree in Business Administration at the time of death. He didn't take the typical path but was determined to finish his degree even while working full time.

Aaron is predeceased by his grandfathers, Theodore D. Gittinger and Thomas Carlyle Moore. He is survived by his parents, Mary and Kevin Moore, his sister Alyza Catherine Moore, his brother Noah Thomas Moore, his grandmothers Barbara L. Gittinger and Helen I. Moore and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Thanks to everyone for your condolences and expressions of love. Funeral mass will be celebrated Monday December 19 at 10:00am at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Aaron had a soft spot in his heart for animals and had just adopted a shelter dog. He made a comment to his mother that he wished he could bring all the dogs home with him. For those wishing to send flowers please consider making a donation to Austin Pets Alive or another animal shelter instead.
"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love." Martin Luther King

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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Dec. 18 to Dec. 19, 2016.
Funeral Mass
10:00 AM
St. Ignatius Catholic Church
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December 21, 2016
Mary and Kevin, I am so sorry for your loss. What a handsome young man you have nurtured into a beautiful soul. My heart is heavy, knowing the grief you are enduring. Your faith and love will see you through this some how, and you have all of your wonderful memories. Continued prayers for you and all the family and friends.
Wanda Roberson
December 20, 2016
Mary and Kevin,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time and sending love.
Cheryl Roberson
December 20, 2016
A beautiful reflection to remember him by. I am holding your family in my heart and am so incredibly sorry that this happened.
Alex Abbott
December 19, 2016
Dear Moore-Gittinger family,

Our prayers and condolences go out to you on the loss of Aaron. What a wonderful life he had...school, a loving family, loyal friends and a pending business opportunity with his father.

Although we cannot imagine the pain and loss you are feeling now, we know that Aaron will always remain in your hearts.

With deepest sympathy,
Brad & Stephanie Versteegh (friends of Ted & Adriana)
December 19, 2016
Mary and family, I am so sorry for your loss and have your family in prayer. May your son rest with the angels.
Monica Davila
December 18, 2016
Barbara - may our God joyfully receive Aaron, and may you be consoled by support from parishioners at St. Ignatius.
Celina Galvan
December 18, 2016
Aaron was fiercely loved by so many people, and his presence will be deeply missed.. I hope everyone can find comfort in all of the wonderful memories we have of him. Sending many prayers and healing thoughts to Kevin, Mary, Alyza and Noah. I know you will all be a great source of comfort and support to one another during this time.
Autumn Kikel
December 18, 2016
I am so sorry for your incredibly heartbreaking loss. My heart aches for all of you.
Rob Clifford
December 18, 2016
All Aboard
By D Gittinger

Within our crystal ball we can't quite see,
As wave-by-wave, our journey is revealed.
We set our sails without a guarantee,
And know not when, or how, our fate is sealed.

A ship lies safe when not too far from shore,
In waters still, where ill winds seldom go.
But ships are sound and pine for so much more,
For oceans deep, where swifter breezes blow.

Upon the seas, at last our craft sets sail.
And spirits us beyond familiar sands.
As one, we parry storms, the winds, and hail
To taste the magic air in distant lands.

At journey's end, our grail lies not in wait,
But sails with usthe sailing is our fate.

Aaron's voyage, while far too short, was far and wide. He touched so many with gentle strength.
Dennis Gittinger
December 17, 2016
Kevin, Mary and all Family: Our hearts grieve with you at the sudden loss of Aaron and we are lifting up prayers for Jesus to wrap His arms around you to comfort and carry you through as only He can and may you feel His enduring love that will never leave you nor forsake you. Celebrating Aaron and his love for life, baseball, family, and friends is a legacy he leaves and his cherished memories and spirit will never fade in your hearts. May you be surrounded by those who love and care for you and can minister every need you have to lessen the pain you are enduring. Aaron will truly be missed, but knowing he is home with our Savior and Lord, with Uncle Ted, and with other family members is a peace that we have as believers and an eternal blessing. Our Sympathy and Love, Mike, Cindy, Brian, Cindy Baker
Cindy Baker
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