David Russell Moore of Russellville Arkansas passed away at his home Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at the age of 77 following an extended illness. David was born on January 24, 1944, in Hazel Park, Michigan. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty RaChel (Pearson) Moore; three daughters, Traci Laseter, Shellie Wallace (Phillip) and Nikki Pugh (Brian), and a son, Joshua Moore (Krissi). Preceding David in death were his parents, Vivian and Martha (Lubeck) Moore, three brothers, James Moore, Donald Moore and Jerry Moore and his sister, Mary Embry.
David graduated Conway High School in 1963, and enlisted in the Navy. He served on the USS Permit, a Thresher-class nuclear submarine from 1963 to 1967. The Permit gained notoriety in late 1963, when she was observed from close range during a Soviet anti-sub exercise in the North Pacific. She was detected, but the Soviets were unable to force her to surface. The mission provided recordings of the Soviets' radio chatter and plots of their radar search patterns. During the same operations Permit photographed the first Soviet Yankee-class nuclear-powered submarine being towed from a shipyard to be outfitted in another nuclear submarine. David loved to tell tales of his time aboard the Permit. His second favorite book (the first being the Bible) was “The Hunt for Red October” due to the fact that the USS Permit was the first submarine to perform the emergency breach maneuvers that the Red October demonstrated in the story, though he had little use for Alec Baldwin in the movie version.
After his military service, David spent more than 30 years working for Dow Chemical and was credited with the development of several mechanical patents for Dow. There was not a machine, lawn mower, or engine that he couldn’t take apart, rebuild and make better. He tried to translate his skills to cooking Sunday breakfast, but his family encouraged him to focus on machinery. Egg shells anyone?
David was an avid hunter and fisherman, though his family always suspected more than one deer was spared by his kind heart as he often came home empty-handed. David was above all a devoted husband, attentive father, and adoring grandfather. He taught his children to be independent, confident, and compassionate and though it was not taught, he imbued in them a stubbornness that was the envy of the equine world. More than anything, he loved his wife.
David was a doting grandfather to Lucas, Tryston, Teryn, Dakota, Lydia, Marriah, Addison, Alaina, and Amelia. He was also an adoring great grandfather to Brielle and Caden. David was a committed Christian and active member in the local church. He served as an elder, a deacon, and a Sunday school teacher. He would always say the blessing before family meals and whenever his grandkids were there, he would be sure to finish the prayer by belting out the refrain to “Amen” (in his deep, off-key singing voice).
He was dearly loved and will be remembered by his friends and family as a strong role model of faith and determination who would go out of his way to help others.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the J. Herman Humphrey Dignity Cremation Center. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, December 18, 2021, at Victory Missionary Baptist Church in Russellville with Rev. Doug Hambrick officiating. Military honors will be rendered by the Rogers-Rye Post #2283 of the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW).
The family would like to direct donations in David’s memory to two organizations he personally supported throughout his life: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; and, the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home & Family Ministries, 10 Remington Dr, Little Rock, AR 72204.