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Winston MooreAugust 14, 2017
Winston David Moore quietly slipped away on August 14 2017, when he thought no one was watching him.
A Celebration of Winston's life was held at his home in North Powder on Sunday, August 20, 2017.
He was born in Colfax Washington on October 11, 1941 to parents Wade and
Dorothy Anderson Moore. As the son of a public school superintendent,
Winston attended the public schools of both Edwall and Asotin Washington
before graduating from Cusick Washington in 1959. He participated in
numerous extracurricular activities including Track, Baseball, Boy's
Club, Honors, and Student Council, being elected Class President in his
Junior year in Asotin. He particularly excelled at Basketball, playing
"A" Squad as a forward in his Sophomore and Junior years in Asotin, and
as "A" Squad center in his Senior year at Cusick, scoring 193 points in
21 games played, helping the Cusick Panthers make their first appearance
at the North West District tournament in five years.
Winston received both his BA and MA in Anthropology from Washington
State University in Pullman, Washington, and pursued his Doctorate's
Degree at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. As both
an Undergraduate and Graduate student, he supervised and participated in
the excavation of some of the most important archaeological sites in the
state of Washington, including Marmes Rock Shelter, and the Ozette
Village Site. He taught Anthropology and Archaeology at California
State College, Long Beach California, Wisconsin State
University-Oshkosh, Oshkosh Wisconsin, and Western Michigan University,
in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During his tenure at WMU, he directed
archaeological field schools at the Sand Point site in L'Anse, Michigan.
This research shed new light on the Mississippian Mound Builders
culture, contributing important insight into the lives, daily
activities, belief systems and cultural practices of North America's
First Peoples. Today, the information from these discoveries are
included in classroom textbooks throughout the United States.
At Washington State University, Winston met Shay Benton, whom he married
in 1965. Together they raised two sons, Andrew Allan Moore, born 1967 in
Carbondale, Illinois and Christopher Lander Moore, born 1979 in
Kalamazoo, Michigan. Winston and Shay were divorced in 2006.
After his teaching career, Winston pursued farming in Southwest Michigan
for over sixteen years, and served as Assistant Nursery Manager for the
Van Buren Soil Conservation District in Lawton, as well as Constable for
Porter Township. In the late 1980s he received his license in Real
Estate, practicing at Shores Real Estate Company in South Haven,
Michigan for over twenty years before his full retirement in 2010. That
same year he relocated to North Powder, Oregon where he continued to
pursue his favorite past-times and interests, including photography,
geology, Civil Rights and Environmental concerns, along with gardening,
raising livestock, wine making, canning and preserving, reading, and
cooking. He enjoyed preparing meals for his new friends in North
Powder, particularly "Lunch Bunch" and his "Holiday Misfits".
Winston was preceded in death by his parents Wade A. and Dorothy C.
Anderson Moore, his brother Roger Moore, and his sister Carol McKay. He
is survived by his sister, Geraldine "Jerry" (David) White, his sons
Andrew (Ronda) Moore and Christopher (Renee) Moore, his granddaughter
Megan Moore, great-granddaughter Kortlyn Spencer, and his friend Kathy
Winston will be remembered by those who knew him as a kind and gentle
man with a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor. He was generous
with his time, abilities, and ideas, yet hesitant to share his own
burdens with others, even those who cared for him most. He was loved
dearly. He will be missed.
On line condolences may be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com