Longtime Alaska resident John A. Moore, 74, died Feb. 19, 2003, in Seattle.
He was born March 22, 1928, in Savannah, Ga., and raised in Jacksonville, Fla. He served in the U.S. Army Military Police from 1946 to 1949. After discharge he attended Florida A&M University, graduating in 1953 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. He obtained a master's degree at the University of Michigan in 1954.
In 1955 he came to Alaska as a Bureau of Indian Affairs teacher. He taught in Chevak from 1955-57; in Unalakleet from 1957-65; and was an educational specialist in Bethel from 1965-67. In 1967, the family moved to Douglas. He retired from the BIA in 1982 as assistant area director.
He served on the School Board, Douglas Lions Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Selective Service System, and was very active in the Episcopal church. He also served as an officer with the 2nd Scout Battalion of the Alaska National Guard. He performed in Juneau-Douglas Little Theatre and Perseverance Theatre productions and sang with the St. Paul Singers, Juneau Lyric Opera, University Singers, Mel Flood Big Band, and most recently with the Thunder Mountain Big Band.
He was preceded in death by his son James.
He is survived by his wife Mary Moore of Juneau; brother Dan and mother Rose of Miami, Fla.; daughters Kim and Johnetta of Seattle and Kadell of Anchorage; sons Jamel (Tony) and Kelvin of Anchorage; stepchildren Van, Naomi and Jim Sundberg, all of Juneau; and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 1, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at 2 p.m. A reception will follow at Mike's Place in Douglas from 3-5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Northwest Kidney Center, 700 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122.