JAMAICA BEACH, TX -- Don Moore, 67, veteran Texas lawman and Jamaica Beach police officer for the past 10 years, passed away November 23, 2009 at 3 o'clock in the morning in UTMB Hospital where he was admitted November 4th after suffering a massive heart attack.
Jamaica Beach Police Lt. Steve Hubbell said Moore's son and two daughters had traveled to Galveston from San Antonio and Kansas City to be by his side. He had been in a coma since he was stricken while pumping gas into his pickup at the Jamaica Beach Valero station.
Born and raised in Illinois, Moore became a Texas lawman when he joined the Precinct 5 Constable's Office in Nueces County, Corpus Christi, in 1973. On his way to Jamaica Beach he served on the Port Aransas Police Department, Taft Police Department and Kendall County Sheriff's Office.
"He was a workaholic," said Hubbell, "He was always there when we needed him, no matter what time it was, day or night."
Moore was a 'dyed in the wool lawman'. He earned the Master Peace Officer rating, he was a firearms instructors and skilled in the martial arts. But he was a patrolman at heart, said Hubbell, "He was a born patrol officer."
In 2008 Don lost the love of his life, Sandy Lane, to cancer. Since then he lived alone with his pets in Jamaica Beach a small, incorporated village on west Galveston Island.
Jamaica Beach Police Chief Andy McLane said Moore was an active member of the Blue Knights, Chapter 31, law enforcement motorcycle organization and had recently purchased a new Harley Davidson 3-wheel motorcycle replacing his previous bike destroyed by Hurricane Ike.
Don's cremated remains were cast in the Gulf waters near 16 Mile Road on West Galveston Island where he joined Sandy Lane.
Don will be missed by his many friends, both personal and professional, said Chief McLane.
Donald Eugene Moore 'Don'
JAMAICA BEACH -Donald Eugene Moore "Don", entered into his eternal rest on November 22, 2009. He was born on February 5, 1943. He was member of The Blue Knights Chapter XXXI and was an avid motorcyclist for over 50 years. He worked for the Jamaica Beach Police Department for the last 11 years, but he was in law enforcement for over 40 years.
Don is preceded in death by his father Jules Frank Moore; mother Irene Allen; brother Jules Bobby Moore (JB); and his beloved partner Sande Lane, for whom he will spend his eternal life with.
A beloved father and grandfather, he is survived by his son Donald Moore and wife Kathi, their children Tommy, Casey, Cody, and Damien; daughter Gina Castro and husband Jody, their children Robert, Matt, Rachael and Indio; daughter Wendy Moore and special friend Carlos Reyes, her children Brentt and Byron; brothers Frances Moore and wife Ruth and James Moore and his special friend Diana; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, December 5, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home, with Chaplain Mike Waldrop officiating.
J Levy & Termini Funeral Home