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Former Ketchikan resident Edward Desmond "Des" Moore, 80, died March 27, 2013, in Palm Desert, Calif.
He was born on Dec. 15, 1932, in Casper, Wyo., to Van and Ruth Moore. He lived in Wyoming until 1935, then in Montana from 1935 to 1947. In 1947, he moved to Ketchikan, where he would live for the better part of 40 years.
He attended Ketchikan High School, where he served as vice president of the student body and head of the ushers for basketball games. Throughout his high school years, he worked at Elliott Stationery and Ellis Air Lines. A Kayhi Class of 1951 graduate, Mr. Moore married Patricia Turner on May 10, 1952, at St. John’s Episcopal Church. He served in the Alaska National Guard from 1951 to 1957.
When his father was hired to be a powder man on a road construction job, he got Mr. Moore a job, too. "Des wanted to own a dump truck, so in the fall of 1951, they bought their first truck," his family writes. "Eventually they owned a large construction company, a gravel pit and a concrete company."
Mr. Moore served on the Ketchikan City Council, the Borough Assembly and on The Salvation Army’s local board.
In 1972, he and Pat bought the Waterfall Cannery on Prince of Wales Island, where they started a small fishing resort. Moore Construction was sold in 1978, and Des, Pat and his parents moved to Waterfall. In 1979, Des was injured in a fall there that left him a paraplegic.
"Despite this injury, he learned to be self-sufficient," his family writes.
They sold Waterfall Resort in 1980 and moved back to Ketchikan, where he was active at St. John’s, Jaycees, and a was a life member of the Elks. A lifelong Republican, he was district chairman and election chairman for various candidates.
In 1987, the Moores moved south and lived in Anacortes, Wash., and Blaine, Wash. He was active in Kiwanis, as well as Christ Church in Blaine. The Moores wintered in California from 1999 to 2003 and moved permanently to La Quinta, Calif., in 2004. Mr. Moore was active in St. Anthony’s of the Desert in Desert Hot Springs, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Moore is survived by his wife, Patricia Moore; children, Ruth and Bill Johansen, Donna and Jimmy Peacocke, Roy and Jackie Moore and Cynthia and Patrick Riley; grandchildren, Tait and Jennifer Collins, Amanda Johansen, Greg and Kimberly Peacocke, and Jordyn and Chase Moore; and great-grandchildren, Melody Rose and Ben Peacocke.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at St. Anthony of the Desert Church in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., with the Rev. Fred Myers officiating.
His ashes will be scattered at a later date.