Baxter Steely Moore, Jr. left this earth on January 7, 2021, at home with his family by his side. He was 82.
Baxter was born July 6, 1938 in Roseburg, Oregon, to Baxter & Evangeline Moore. When just 6 years old, the family moved to Tillamook, Oregon, where he attended all 12 grades of school. He graduated from Tillamook High School in 1956. He met his wife, Juanell, in high school and they married in December of 1959. He graduated from Oregon State University and he and Juanell moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where their daughter January was born. He ran a millwork shop with a partner there. Moving back to warmer climes, he bought and ran a sporting goods store in Springfield, Oregon.
In 1964, he and Juanell bought a 200-acre ranch in Alfalfa, a farming community 15 miles east of Bend, Oregon, where they raised cattle and alfalfa hay and three kids. Sons, Jay and Jesse, were born there. After 40 happy years on the ranch, they sold out and moved to Enterprise, Oregon, ultimately ending up in Baker City, Oregon.
In his teens, Baxter and his dad went to all the trap shoots where he won major titles, including Oregon State ATA Doubles Championship at age 16. He and his dad won several Father/Son titles as well. He was a crack shot, one time tossing a bottle cap into the air and shooting a hole dead center with a .22 rifle.
He loved fishing and big-game hunting. He was a collector of coins and antique guns. He was also known as a great storyteller.
His daughter, January, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Juanell, sons, Jay Baxter and his wife Anne Marie; Jesse Lang and his wife Anna Marie; granddaughter Cassie Lang Vega and her husband Mike.
For those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of Baxter, the family suggests Heart n' Home Hospice through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834. Online condolences may be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com