William “Don” Moore, 84, of Midland, formerly of Lubbock, Texas passed to his heavenly home on September 19, 2022, at the age of 84. He passed away unexpectedly at home. Don was born February 1, 1938, in Vernon, Texas to Lola Pearl (Singleton) Moore and Thomas Littleton Moore. He graduated from Vernon High School where he played football. Don graduated from Texas Technological University with a business degree in marketing. He was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He married Kay McFerrin Stowe in Clovis, New Mexico in 1963. They enjoyed 53 years together before her passing in 2016.
Don spent most of his career in pharmaceutical sales with Parke-Davis & Co and then Pfizer after they acquired Parke-Davis. He saw huge changes in the job structure in his 35+ year career. His daughter Andrea has fond memories of spending time with her dad riding to the downtown Lubbock post office to mail the handwritten pharmacy orders from the day. Don excelled in his career winning multiple awards and trips that he was able to share with Kay, including the title of National Salesman of the Year for Parke-Davis. His ability to build long-term relationships with pharmacists, physicians, and colleagues served him well. One of those relationships helped Andrea obtain her first job at age 16 working in a retail pharmacy which eventually led to her career as a pharmacist.
Don loved his family deeply. He attended all his children’s events whenever possible. He also spent many evenings shooting basketballs with Andrea and attending her games from elementary school to college. He attended Indian Guides with his son Travis and enjoyed the campouts. Travis fondly remembers the electric train his dad set up with him. Don had an aptitude for fixing things and was able to do many home repairs. He loved good food and made great grilled and smoked meats. His grandchildren Tristen and Harrison have fond memories of visits to their grandparents in Midland and activities when they came to cheer them on in Central Texas. Besides being spouses, Don and Kay were best of friends. In their retirement years, they did the day-to-day tasks together like grocery shopping, cooking Sunday dinner, and weekly housecleaning. They enjoyed cultural and church events together and were excellent hosts.
Don was an avid Red Raider sports fan to the end. Don had a very generous heart supporting multiple charities, helping people in a rough patch, and giving encouragement, even to strangers at times. Don was a wonderful storyteller and delivered great one-liners, enlivening any social gathering. He was active in the Methodist Church for almost 60 years.
Don was preceded in death by his wife, parents and four siblings: Pauline Vaughan, Anna Sue Wilson, Charles Thomas Moore, and Richard Renfro. Surviving family members are son William “Travis” Moore of Midland and daughter Andrea Coffee and husband Mark of Temple, Texas, and grandchildren Tristen Coffee of Waco, Texas, and Harrison Coffee of Temple.
Don was a wonderful son, husband, father, grandfather, and lifetime friend to many. He will be dearly missed. Memorials made be made to the First United Methodist Church of Midland or any charity of your choice.
A memorial service will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, November 5, 2022, at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland. Arrangements are being handled by Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home of Midland. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com.
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