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Memorial Service

Davis Community Church
Saturday September 7th, 2019

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David Moore

The Reverend David Tolbert Moore

David Moore, who died 07/11/2019, dedicated most of his 92 years to Christian ministry and counseling as a Presbyterian minister and a mental health chaplain.  His spiritual life guided his relationships with people, family, the outdoors, and his occasional business endeavors. He lived his life following the values he preached and particularly felt called to give comfort to those who were ill or in need of comfort.  Even as he declined in his later years and months, he was consistently accommodating to those around him.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he was the son of a lawyer and grandson of a minister, who influenced David’s vocation.  He attended Austin Presbyterian Seminary and met his wife Margaret during a summer internship in Louisiana. David served as a minister for 20 years in Lovington, New Mexico, then Lubbock, Texas, Mineral Wells, Texas, Fort Smith, Arkansas, El Paso, Texas before settling in San Antonio where he remained for over 40 years.

He came to San Antonio to complete Clinical Pastoral Education at the San Antonio State Hospital, then proceeded to serve as the pastor at Crestholme Presbyterian Church before returning to the State Hospital as a chaplain. In retirement, he continued working with Fairweather Lodge rehabilitation housing, volunteering at the shelter for SAM Ministries, and he served in pastoral capacities at several churches in the region, including periods at First Presbyterian in Beeville and Pilgrim Presbyterian.  When no longer preaching, he and Margaret attended San Pedro Presbyterian Church. He moved to Davis, CA for his last 8 years to be closer to his children. He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret and survived by their two children, Catherine of San Diego, California and Mark of Davis, California; grandchildren: Theodore David Gehring, Aaron and Austin Moore.

A memorial service is scheduled on September 7 at 3:30pm at the Davis Community (Presbyterian) Church, Davis, CA. Online guestbook is available at: www.smith-funerals.com.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to San Antonio’s Habitat for Humanity, https://www.habitatsa.org/give/ or SAMMinistries, https://www.samm.org/give/ or Austin Presbyterian Seminary https://www.austinseminary.edu.

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David and my mother Lois were very close in age less than a year and a half apart and grew up as close siblings. Mom always talked fondly of David and although they lived far apart in their adult lives they seemed to remain close. The last vacation trip Mom took on her own was with Uncle David after both their spouses had passed on. I often visualize Uncle David at Mom's funeral where he and his sister Ellie sat looking on at Mom in the front of the church. Thanks so much to his son-in-law Tom for bringing him to say goodbye to Mom. Our family will miss and remember him.

Sharon Cates Aug 9 2019 12:00 AM