John V Moore died peacefully on July 27 in Friday Harbor, Washington, six weeks shy of his 100th birthday. The retired United Methodist minister had lived in Friday Harbor for four years, enjoying the company and care of residents and staff at Village at the Harbour. A faithful member of Lutheran Church in the San Juans, he had many friends in the congregation who appreciated his wit and wisdom.
A graduate of Stanford University (1941), he earned a divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School (1944). John then worked in more than a dozen different parishes in northern California and Nevada in his forty year-long career. He was senior pastor of Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco during the Haight-Ashbury era, and a founding member in 1965 of the Council on Religion and the Homosexual, a group that advocated for gay rights.
During the Vietnam War years, he served as a campus minister at the Cal Aggie Christian Association in Davis, California, where his major task was counseling young men about the draft. He and his wife Barbara retired in Davis in 1986 because of their love of the campus, the community, and their friends of many years. John worked for two years as an interim pastor at a number of churches in retirement, including Davis United Methodist Church. He also held leadership roles in the United Methodist Church at the local, state, and national levels. In his retirement he directed an AIDS hospice in Sacramento and helped found Loaves and Fishes, a program that assists homeless individuals.
When his Grandfather Buxton saw him as a newborn almost one hundred years ago, he told John’s mother that “this one isn’t going to make it.” But John outlived all of his siblings, their spouses, his wife of sixty-two years, Barbara, two daughters, Carolyn and Annie, and two grandchildren, Kimo and Hillary. Carolyn, Annie and Kimo died in Jonestown, Guyana in 1978; subsequently John and his wife counseled other parents whose relatives were involved in cult-like groups.
He is survived by daughter Rebecca and son-in-law Fielding, grandchildren Timothy Edgar and December Pomerenke (and her spouse Cory), and great-grandchildren Conner and Breann.
Please make a donation in John’s memory to:
Loaves and Fishes, P.O. Box 13495, Sacramento, California 95813-3495
or to the charity of your choice.
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