Francis L. Moore

Craig resident, Francis L. Moore, died June 9, 2003, at The Memorial Hospital. He was 57.

Moore was born Feb. 12, 1946, in Ashland, Kan., to Wallace and Helen (Oliverson) Moore.

The family moved to Craig where Moore attended school and graduated from high school. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was employed with the Colorado Department of Transportation as a maintenance foreman and worked for them for more than 30 years.

He enjoyed four-wheeling, hunting, fishing, and horses.

Ode to a Gentle Man

By Helen Moore

He was born fragile and skinny and we called him Frankie. He moved to Colorado at five months old with his parents and brother, Jack. He attended school in Hayden. His girlfriend was the mayor's daughter who called him "Moorey." He played dolls with her, she played cowboy with him. By the time preschool started he was called Francis. He was baptized at Youth Camp, in the Yampa River east of Hayden, at 11 years old. He was happy and a dare devil all through school. Finishing high school in Craig, where his parents ran the bowling alley. He was sports minded in school and as mischievous as all schoolboys are. He loved to bowl, and bowled with some of the best skilled bowlers in Colorado. He joined the service and spent his time in Germany and came back to his wife and new baby girl. After returning to Craig, a son was soon born. He went to work for CDOT and spent the rest of his life working for the department. A second marriage brought an adopted son and another baby boy. He supported his children through the ups and downs in life. He was well known and well liked by his fellow workers.

He helped a lot of people, with little praise and recognition. He was ready to retire to his own hitching post. He was good and thoughtful to his mother and was taught to be kind and respectful to his elders. His favorite was Brian, his love for the outdoors, and hunting and fishing. Can you see him standing here on the hill with a hand in his dad's hand, and God's arm around them, gazing at the beautiful scenery?

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