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Dalton Percy Moores, 81, died at home Aug. 19, 2007, surrounded by family, after a two-year battle with cancer.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E St. A funeral will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at New Hope, 1220 E St., in Anchorage. The Revs. Weldon Shuman and Don McCullough will officiate. A graveside service with full military honors will be at 2:30 p.m. at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Pallbearers will include Bill Moores, Ryan Leary, Ben Miebs, Brackston Moores, Blaine Moores, Matthew Carlile, Kevin Carlile and Scott Carlile. After the service, a remembrance gathering for a reception and dinner will be held at New Hope.
Mr. Moores was born Aug. 6, 1926, in Howland, Maine, to Percy Albion and Vira Grace Moores. He graduated from Bangor High School in 1944 and immediately joined the U.S. Army Air Corps.
After World War II, he re-enlisted and was sent to Fort Richardson in 1946. He was discharged the following year and stayed in Alaska. He worked at the Studebaker dealership, eating at the coffee shop and staying at the hotel upstairs. He met Millie Morrow on her first day in Anchorage in early June, and wasted no time courting her. They were married Aug. 1, 1947, in Anchorage. In 1949, they moved to Houston in Alaska, where he worked at the Tucker & Peterson Coal Mine. In 1951, Denny joined the Operating Engineers Local 302. He joined M.B. Contracting in 1952 and worked for 30 years as a crane operator on roads, bridges and buildings across Alaska. He retired in 1982.
His family wrote: "Denny was a tireless servant, quick to respond when there was a need, whether home, church, family or friends. At the age of 79, he went on his last mission trip with Millie to Costa Rica. He was a longtime member of the Church of the Nazarene and served for many years on the board.
"He was a serious high school and college basketball fan and was especially fond of the University of Alaska Anchorage women's basketball team. He was a charter ticket holder of the Great Alaska Shootout and attended games every season. He and Millie loved to travel and drove the Alcan countless times, the first time being in January 1950.
"Denny was generous with his time and his love. He always had a project, an endless list of things he wanted to complete. He was a patient teacher, and could teach anyone anything if they wanted to learn. He will be missed by all."
Denny is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mildred "Millie"; daughters and son, Micki and husband Richard Leary, Lynn Miebs, Bill and wife Jeanette Moores, all of Anchorage, and Lorrie Carlile of Portland, Ore.; 11 grandchildren, Ryan Leary and wife Liz, and Kate Leary of Anchorage, Ben Miebs and wife Annie of Wasilla, Lory Miebs of Anchorage, Brackston Moores and Blaine Moores of Anchorage, Jason Anderson and Joe Anderson of Seattle, Matthew Carlile, Kevin Carlile and Scott Carlile of Portland; and one great-grandchild, Olivia Leary of Anchorage.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolf Legacy scholarship fund in support of the women's basketball program, Department of Athletics, Wells Fargo Sports Complex, Room 220, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage 99508-4614
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