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David "Dave" Melvin Moore

July 2, 1930 — March 15, 2023

To Live Stream Graveside Service Click Here David Melvin “Dave” Moore, 92, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2023 in Arlington. Visitation: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2023 at White’s Funeral Home, 130 Houston Ave., Weatherford. Graveside Service: 2 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2023 at Aledo Brown Cemetery in Aledo. David (Dave) was born to Melvin and Elizabeth Moore on July 2, 1930 in Akron, Ohio. After the end of World War II, the family moved to Galveston, Texas where Dave graduated from Ball High School in 1949. He joined the U. S. Marine Corps in 1948 and was called to active duty during the Korean War, serving as a Communication Materiel Man at Treasure Island, San Francisco until his Honorable Discharge in 1951. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston in 1955, while working part-time as a journeyman metal lather. After graduation, Dave moved to Fort Worth to begin his engineering career at General Dynamics. It was there that he met a certain blueprint operator, Joyce, whose presence ensured he became a prolific user of printing department services. They were married on March 30, 1962. Together, Joyce and David, over the course of their 57-year marriage, built a family. They were lovingly devoted to raising their two sons, George and David, along with a multitude of animals and plants of all kinds upon moving to “the country” (Aledo, Texas) in 1971. Dave was an accomplished engineer and (actual) rocket scientist. Over the course of a 38-year career in aerospace and automotive, he helped design the B-58 Bomber, the F-111, and F-16 Fighters, along with the first operational intercontinental ballistic missile system (Atlas), and numerous air conditioner systems for Volkswagen automobiles. As a consulting professional engineer, he oversaw the restoration of the American Bicentennial Freedom Train locomotive in 1976. Dave had an infectious grin, exclaiming “oh-boy” at the presence of his family, dogs, or chocolate. He loved to tinker with all things mechanical and electrical, which he needed to keep his beloved 1959 Christ Craft powerboat and 1955 Case tractor running in top shape. True to his Marine Corps background, he loved scouting, and served as treasurer of the Aledo Boy Scouts troop where he accompanied his boys and their troopmates on campouts and jamborees. He never lost his love for Galveston as his favorite destination for family vacations. He would recount stories of his teen years playing in the abandoned gun emplacements of Fort Crockett and riding his Whizzer motorized bicycle for miles along the beach. Another joy was attending family reunions in Oklahoma, where he and Joyce’s brothers would talk cars and tell war stories. Dave was a kind and loving Grandfather. He loved giving rides to his grandkids on his tractor, fishing for crawdads, and watching their first attempts at learning to drive out in the pasture. He always looked forward to family outings to IHOP for blueberry pancakes and to Braum’s for a chocolate malt. He loved “toys” of all sizes and was always up for playing model trains or cars with his grandkids and taking them on Forest Park miniature railroad rides. David is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joyce; his parents, Melvin and Elizabeth Moore; and sister, Rosemary Moore. He is survived by his sons, George and wife, Sandra, of Renton, Washington, and David and wife, Melinda, of San Antonio, Texas; and grandchildren, Mitchell, Lanier, Molly, Gracie, and Alexis.
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Friday, March 31, 2023

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

White's Funeral Home -Weatherford

130 Houston Avenue, Weatherford, TX 76086

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Friday, March 31, 2023

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