Earl Moore

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Earl Moore passed away in Seattle, WA, on July 18, 2010, at Virginia Mason Hospital due to Acute Respiratory Disease Syndrome. Earl was born February 17, 1922, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, to Roy and Clara Moore. He was raised in Tacoma and then attended the University of Washington for two years before joining the Navy to serve in World War II for three years. He was a Naval officer in the South Pacific, on landing craft tanks. He was waiting to be shipped to Japan when the atomic bomb ended World War II.

Earl returned to the University of Washington following World War II, where he met and married Jean Chapman. Following graduation, they moved to Pullman where he attended Veterinary School, and his wife Jean taught chemistry until they started their family. Earl graduated from Veterinary School in 1951.

The Moores moved to Richland with three young children in 1953. Earl built and ran the Richland Animal Hospital from 1953 to 1990. Earl was the first, and in our humble opinion, the most competent and compassionate veterinarian in the Tri-Cities. He had a lifelong love of animals.

Following retirement from private practice, Earl and Jean continued to operate their numerous rentals, performing all maintenance and repair projects into their eighties. They also developed and continued to run the first local blueberry farm in Richland. As recently as the day before his illness, Earl was spending full time at his farm planting and caring for an additional 500 bushes.

In raising his family, conspicuously absent at Earl's insistence was a television set. The six children, as well as Jean and Earl, spent their free time activity productively at the library, working on his many woodworking and art projects, and encouraging sporting and 4-H projects.

Earl and Jean traveled extensively though out the world, particularly enjoying winters in Maui and summers fishing in Sitka, Alaska. Earl had a love for the outdoors and spent many adventures with the family in the Northwest forests and eastern Washington hunting grounds.

Earl is survived by his loving companion and wife of 63 years, Jean Moore; daughter, Cyd (Dan) Wallbaum of Yakima; son, Scott (Cindy) Moore of Sequim; son, Peter Moore of Richland; daughter-in-law, Deborah Moore of Richland; son, Don Moore of Dayton; son, Cameron Moore of Richland; son, Doug (Lisa) Moore of Bend, OR; grandchildren, Carrie (Marc) Gabbard, Nathan Wallbaum, Sean (Karen) Moore, Jason (Brandi) Moore, Jami (Jason) Prigge, Sara (Tom) Federico, Lynne and T.J. Moore; great-grandchildren, Emily Gabbard, Ryan and Lauren Moore, Madison and Samantha Moore, Kyle, Kaleb and Kaitlyn Prigge, and Federico twin girls expected soon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Beverly Jewell Memorial Foundation at P.O. Box 1508, Richland, WA 99352. Earl was a director of this family foundation which provides charitable contributions for children's medical needs.

At Earl's request, a private service will be held by the immediate family. A celebration of life will be held for friends and family at a date that will be announced later.

Published in Tri-City Herald on July 23, 2010
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