Jack Martin Moore

1933 - 2012

On Nov. 15, 1933, Jack Martin Moore, also known to many as Dick, was born in Bellingham, Wash., into the family of Frank and Nellie Moore.
He moved to Walla Walla with his parents at an early age. At the age of 6, Jack was orphaned, along with his youngest brother, Thomas. A lovely, elderly couple, Henry and Eva Torkelson, took Jack and his brother in as foster children. Jack praised his foster parents for the loving and Christian home they raised him in. Henry and Eva taught him the values of life and family. He was able to pass those values on to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jack graduated in 1952 with his childhood lifelong friends, Jerry Bates and Eugene Criss, from Walla Walla High School, and he was then drafted into the U.S. Army. Before he left for Germany, Jack asked the love of his life, Alice Louise Lincoln, to wait and marry him upon his return from overseas.

The two met on a ranch in Horse Heaven Hills. Jack drove wheat truck for the ranch and met Alice while she was there assisting her sister, cooking for the farm hands. It was love at first sight for Jack. He was determined to make the feisty 5-foot tall woman his bride (who was only 15 at the time). So the 6-foot-2-inches tall handsome man put his class ring on her finger and left her his car for her to drive while he was gone. His persistence paid off and the two wed on May 29, 1955, in Hood River, Ore. Jack worked for Standard Oil before purchasing the Chevron Station on East Isaacs Street. The service station was an icon in the Walla Walla Valley for a total of 41 years.

Jack and Alice had four children, Teena Marie Elmer (Ronald), Pamela Sue Ferraro (James), Wade Moore and Hank Moore; his grandchildren, Allison Hann (Brian), Luke Ferraro (Melanie), Jamen Elmer (Nikki), Eva Ferraro, Elaine Moore, Levi Ferraro (Amber) and Emma Ferraro; two step-grandchildren, Colleen Hollis (Thomas) and Rachel Livingston (Tony); his great- grandchildren, Gwenevieve Moore, Maddison and Ashlyn Elmer, Gunnar and Axel Ferraro, Josie Louise Ferraro and Gretchen Ferraro; step-great-grandchildren, Megan, Katie, Kari, Caleb, Hannah, Danielle and Seth. He was able to love and enjoy all of them before he passed away.

Jack was a “Jack of all trades.” His hobbies included fishing and camping in the Wallowas. He also enjoyed wood working with his grandkids, gardening, spending time at his cabin up Kooskooskie, listening to Willie’s Place on XM radio and watching any John Wayne movie. Jack took a lot of pride in his ability to make anything grow. His yard is a sanctuary to many birds, squirrels and people. His legacy lives through his family and friends and he will be missed by all.

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