Clarence W. Moore died on Nov. 16, 2022, in his home in South Bend, Washington.
Clarence was born Dec. 24, 1933, in Smithfield, North Carolina to Clarence H. Moore and Margaret C Kemple. He graduated from Princeton High School in North Carolina in 1953.
One of his first jobs was driving the school bus for his route and “garaging” the school bus at his house each night.
After high school Clarence enlisted into the United States Air Force. In his 8 years of service, he was stationed in Texas, Illinois, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Germany, South Dakota and Washington, D.C.
During his time in Oklahoma, he met Alta Moore of South Bend, and they married on Dec. 17, 1955. The family moved to South Bend and Clarence soon started working as an auto mechanic at the Ford garage in Raymond, then was the transportation supervisor for the South Bend School District, and was an industrial truck and off-road equipment mechanic in Raymond and Centralia before retiring in June of 1996.
He enjoyed spending his time tending to his immaculate, manicured yard; doing crosswords and organizing everything from the linen closet to his DVD collection.
In his earlier years, he liked motorcycle riding in the woods or beach, taking weekend camping trips and telling jokes. He loved to make people laugh and also get a chuckle as well. We will miss his stories and his jokes he liked to tell.
Clarence is preceded in death by the love of his life, Alta Moore, his parents and his two sisters Shirley Cayton and Ann Hobbs.
He is survived by his sisters Kathleen Forehand (Tom Forehand) of Hampstead, North Carolina and Rose Swart of Bradenton, Florida; his sons, Michael Moore, Gregory Moore and Brian Moore (Micha) of Portland, Oregon; daughters Janet Connery (Marcos Galvin) of South Bend, Washington and Lynette Moore (Tim Witte) of Sharon Springs, New York; nine grandchildren and 11 great- grandchildren.
The Moore family would like to thank the staff of Willapa Harbor Hospital and Harbors Home Health & Hospice for taking such good care of our dad. We also appreciate everyone who looked in on him after mom died, including his granddaughter, Amber Stigall; and Olsen family neighbors for helping with mowing and moving garbage cans weekly.
There will be a celebration of life at a later date.
Donations may be sent to Willapa Harbor Helping Hands.