A Tribute to a Wonderful Writer, Loren Moore

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 4th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This article is a tribute to Loren Moore a wonderful man who helped me when I first published for e-zine, Storytime Tapestry.

Introduction

Loren was born in the 1930's in East Texas. He combed the woods as a young boy and hunted squirrels, rabbits, and possums. By the time he was 10 he was a professional tour guide, or so he said. You see Loren was a teller of tales. He took the truth and added a lot of flavour. The end result was plain ole country magic. More fiction than truth, his wife Johnnie would say.

Caddo Lake

According to his memories, he became a professional trapper by the age of 13. Round about that time he also became a professional hunting guide as well.

We all remember his stories. His love for East Texas, where he lived with his beloved wife Johnny shone through in almost every story he wrote. Whether his stories were actually true or not, no one could deny his love for Caddo Lake, hunting, fishing, family and "Little Fox" his dog; though not necessarily in that order.

According to Loren, he was working in the East Texas oil fields by the ripe old age of 15. "I WOULD CLIMB TO THE TOP OF A 120 FOOT OIL DERRICK AND DO THE THINGS OTHERS FEARED TO DO."

Note: He always wrote in Caps

He was an electrician for the Gladewater School Board by the age of 16. That experience was short-lived. He almost started a fire in the school. By the time he was 17, he travelled the state as a top notch salesman.

Our Jack of all trades settled down long enough to get married. Johnnie and Loren were married on November 14, 1951 and were together until the day of his death - Feb 3, 2006.

The newlyweds started their family right away. Susan was born while Loren was still 19 and his second daughter Angela was born four years later. During that period he held many jobs from sales clerk, to truck driver, assembler then dozer operator. Loren's final job began as an assembler in the general motors plant. He worked his way up to general manager of the paint department before his untimely retirement; Loren was stricken with multiple sclerosis.

Even though his body may have broken, his spirit was as strong as ever. During his early years of retirement he continued to fish and enjoy a wonderful social life.

Loren's death

I first met Loren, through Starfish. I enjoyed his wonderful stories, many of which made me laugh. Loren began to write to create memories for his great-granddaughter which spilled over into creating memories for all of us. He joined Pearlsoup in 2002, the year before I was introduced to the soup. Imagine my surprise when I met him there too.

We began to email each other after I joined Pearlsoup on April 6, 2003. He sent me some of his books. Like Bob Johnston of Starfish, he encouraged my writing and often remarked how I did not get 5's. He could not understand why not even one pearl was rated a 5. The pearlsoup system differs from other sites in that it is a system rated 1 - 5. He said it was a joke and a shame at the same time. He had a theory for it of course, but this is not the time or place to mention it - suffice it to say he enjoyed my work and was a loyal reader.

The favour was returned one hundred fold. On Sept 1, 2003, I started my own newsletter with three main writers, myself, Loren Moore and Joe Mazzella. Loren gave me all of his stories to start me out. For that he became my chief writer and co-founder. Later on, he became a moderator for Storytime Tapestry. Today Storytime Tapestry Newsletter has over 464 writers and a membership of over 3,000 worldwide.

Oh there were a few jealous people in those days, complaining about how Loren and Joe always got top billing, but you know what I didn't care, both of these men deserved it.
Once Loren became moderator I spent many a night laughing and joking around with him and Kathy Baker, also a moderator at the time. I will always cherish these memories. It was a good time in my life and I looked forward to those emails and fun times with friends. Loren was wheelchair bound by this time and writing was his life. As a writer I can certainly appreciate that. Writing is my life too.

Loren decided to move on in March 2005. He decided he no longer wanted to belong a member of Storytime Tapestry. Yet his legacy lived on. People from around the world missed his wonderful stories.

I received news a few months ago through Kathy Baker and Clara Westerfer that Loren was very sick. Not much was known about his illness. His family preferred to keep it quiet. I found out that he was hospitalized and came home in worse condition than before. All that was known was that he was not expected to fully recover. The family had asked that no one email. They didn't want Johnny overburdened with emails at a time when she was most vulnerable.

It was Clara Wersterfer (my moderator), who advised me of his death. I immediately alerted Storytime Tapestry members, pearlsoup, and Bob Johnston of Starfish. I notified Betty King. However she had heard about it through the MS group that both Loren and she belonged to. Other people notified other newsletters that he wrote for.

I do not know exactly how many friends he had throughout the world, but I do know it was in the thousands. Pearlsoup, Storytime Tapestry, Starfish, and many other newsletters unite in praising this very special man who crept into the hearts of so many. Bob Johnston ran Loren's stories for a week, and Pearlsoup and Storytime Tapestry members presented their own personal tributes. Loren is gone now but he will never be forgotten. His stories will continue to entertain his great granddaughter and people all over the world for many years to come.

All photos taken from the public domain


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author avatar Carol Roach
Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Retired
4th Apr 2015 (#)

Awesome tribute.

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author avatar Kingwell
5th Apr 2015 (#)

Good tribute to a great storyteller. Blessings.

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