Jean Moores
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Jean Moores
  • October 31, 1931 - June 10, 2016
  • Gateway, Colorado

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Jean Moores 84, died at her home near Gateway, Friday June 10, 2016. Jean was born to Wendell and Clara Larsen in her mother's parent's home in Parowan, Utah on October 31, 1931. Her identical twin sister Joan was born soon after. When they were six weeks old their father came from Gateway, CO where her parents had been living and took Jean, Joan, sister Shirley, brother Rodney and their mother back to Gateway. Jean grew up and went through school in Gateway. She graduated from Gateway High School in May of 1949.
On August 2, 1949 she married Vernon Charles Moores in Grand Junction, CO. The first several years they moved often, first living at McAtlin's Sawmill on the La Sal Mountains. They lived in Grand Junction, Paonia, Climax, Gateway off and on, and in many mining camps where Vern mined or wagon drilled for uranium. They lived on Atkinson Mesa and Long Park near Uravan, La Sal Creek, Polar Mesa, Tenderfoot Mesa, Calamity Mesa and Outlaw Mesa. Two boys and two girls were born to Vernon and Jean. In 1958 they moved to a small ranch in the Unaweep Canyon 10 miles north of Gateway where Jean spent the rest of her life. For many years Jean raised chickens, calves, and a large garden. She helped feed cows, cooked for hunters and tourists and helped at the mines, including crimping the caps on the fuses for the blasting at the uranium mine on Outlaw in the late 1970's and she helped later at the sawmill with the firewood. In 1982 Jean took the IRS test and was "Enrolled to Practice before the Internal Revenue Service". Her main customer was the family business.
Jean enjoyed the fishing trips she and her husband took to the reservoirs, the Pacific Coast, Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana, and Mexico. She usually caught the biggest fish.
After Vernon's death in 1989 Jean continued with their two sons operating the ranches, mining and the sawmill operations until she retired. Jean thought she was blessed to have seven grandchildren that lived on the ranch and four more not far away. She especially enjoyed taking the grandchildren with her to feed cows or to the mountain cabin on Pinion Mesa. She spent many hours enjoying her grandchildren and in her later years she enjoyed her great-grandchildren. She took a few more trips with some of the family and friends to Alaska, California, Boston, Tennessee, and went on an Alaskan cruise with her daughters.
Jean served as a commissioner on the Mesa County Planning Commission for seven years. Jean worked on many volunteer projects with the Gateway Community club and served as Secretary/Treasurer until her death. In the early 1990's Jean joined the Mesa County Historical Society and was Treasurer until her death. With encouragement and help from several old timers of Gateway and with the help of James Earl Massey they compiled a history of the area. Then in 2000 Jean had the book published, "Gateway/Unaweep Canyon at Some Point in Time".
Survivors include sons Craig (Linda) Moores and Leon (Holly) Moores of Gateway. Daughters, Carol Lovoi of Fruita and Carla Moores of Whitewater. Twin sister Joan Kruckenberg of Grand Junction. Sister-in-laws, Shirley (Barge) Massey of Tucson, Ariz., Arlene Puls and Zita Roseborough.
Eleven grandchildren: Richard (Dusty) Moores of Loma; Ray (Meg) Moores of Sheridan, WY.; Sara (Matt) Gillilan and Michelle (Dan) Gillilan of Fruita; Mandy (Andrew) Massey in the Unaweep; Kristy (Cody) Dennis of Moorcroft, WY.; Julie (Andy) Azcarraga of Collbran; Derek (Marlo) Lovoi of Mack; Heidi (Anthony) Carcella of Boulder; Jacob (Katy) Lovoi of Fort Collins and Andy (Michelle) Moores of Denver. Thirty three Great Grandchildren; (Cody, Jenna, Karysa, Ethan, Tyler, Will, Luke, Vivienne, Eliza, Gracey, Seth, Hannah, Hunter, Tucker, Aiden, Amaya, Alex, Ruby Jean and Cora Joan, Eda, Trudy, Kayla, Alicia, Lindsey, Colby, Christian, Jacob, Faith, Hope, Ellie, Maggie, Archer, and Louise) many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Those that went before her were her parents, husband Vernon Moores, sister Shirley Larsen, brother Rodney Larsen, son-in-law Gary Lovoi and grandson Toby Lovoi.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Martin's Mortuary with a visitation time from 12pm until service time. Burial will be at Orchard Mesa Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in her memory to the Gateway Community Club, PO Box 340, Gateway, CO 81522. Friends and family may leave their condolences at www.martinmortuary.com