Larkin Mortuary

Dr. John Greenwood Moore

11/08/1935 - 10/17/2017

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“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”

John C. Maxwell

After a lifetime of good works and impressive achievements around the world, the legendary Dr. John Greenwood Moore, Colonel US Army (Ret.), has moved on to his next great adventure. John was a caring husband, incredible father and a man of all seasons. He was robust, did everything with gusto, and his accomplishments were admirable. John was humble and helped countless people throughout his life. Making contributions to society and being productive were of utmost importance to him; he was a strong proponent of giving back to the community, wherever it may be. His sense of humor will be missed and remembered by all who knew him.

John is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Lisa; beloved and caring daughters Suzanna John and Camilla; good friend and wonderful son-in-law, Jeremy Rosenberger; twin brother Mark (Carol) Moore and brother Clay (Sylvia) Moore; nephews, nieces, cousins, and many true friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Jody, and twin nephews, James and Scott.

Doc, as he was known to friends and family alike, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Perry Randolph and Mary Clay Moore. He graduated West High School in 1953 and continued his education in MN and CA before obtaining his medical degree at the University of Utah in 1961. Thus, he began a lifelong journey of dedicated and selfless service towards his fellow man.

Dr. Moore began his nearly 35-year military career in Vietnam in 1966 as Staff Physician and Chief of Medical Services at military hospitals in Quy Nho’n and Chu Lai. Here he received the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, the National Defense Medal and the Bronze Star. From 1971 to 1973, Dr. Moore served as Staff Physician with the 151st U.S. Air Force Dispensary, before joining the Army Reserves as the Command Surgeon for the 96th. In 1987, he assumed command of the 328th Combat Support Hospital and led a deployed team of nearly 600 soldiers in support of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Dr. Moore’s many deployments and humanitarian efforts include work in Kenya, Guatemala, Paraguay and Kosovo, as well as aboard the U.S.S. Hope in Nigeria. His illustrious military experience culminated in 2001 upon receiving the Legion of Merit award, one of the most prestigious honors in the Military.

Dr. Moore committed his life to tirelessly administering to his fellow Veterans at the Salt Lake City Veteran’s Hospital, and he traveled the world presenting his research as a member of the International Society for Chronobiology. After decades of performing medical research and teaching medicine at the University of Utah, Dr. Moore was bestowed the distinguished title Professor Emeritus in Gastroenterology. He continued working at the eponymous John G. Moore G.I. Endoscopy Center at the VA, until fully retiring in 2012.

Doc’s life was so full there are too many things to mention; he lived more in one lifetime than most people could in twelve. He excelled overall as an athlete, climbing the North Face of Mt. Everest; he was the Utah State Squash Champion, and he enjoyed skiing, biking, rafting, tennis, playing rugby and ice hockey.

Family, friends, and colleagues are invited to attend a private celebration in Doc’s honor at his home on Saturday, November 4, from 3-7 p.m.

The family would like to thank Superior Hospice for their expertise and loving care, as well as The William E. Christoffersen Home, The Veteran’s Administration Hospital, The University of Utah Hospital, and Harmony Home Health.

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  • My condolences prayers and thoughts to the family, friend’s and all who knew Doc. I’m very blessed to say that I got to no him his wife his kids and his son-in-law. There was never a dull moment in their home and I will forever hold each and everyone of you and my heart. Thank you for letting me be such a big part of Docs life and all of your lives. I am definitely going to miss his smirk the great conversations us girls had and Lisa telling me that I am crazy for always pulling her garbage cans in. Xoxo

    — Amanda Ainslie
  • With deep sorrow I had to learn that my colleague and good friend John has passed away.I remebre well the time he had ro spend in an important position at the Army Hospitel in Frankfurt during Dessert Storm, we had a lot of fun and John liked the German way of life with wine and beer. John also supported me with everal contributions on books I did edit on Chronopharmacology, we had an interesting time in Berlin on a conference, this was shortly before the Wall between east and west came down. He also attended the International Course on Chronopharmacology at Heidelberg University several times, I am thankful for his excellent contributions! We also remmber our visit in Salt Lake when he joined us on our trip to Amelia Island. Thank you John for having been such a good friend, requiestere in pacem. Björn and Erika

    — Björn Lemmer
  • Please know you have been our prayers all along and will continue to be. May his memory be eternal. He was a good man and leaving that legacy is a testament to his life. Love you all. Wish I could be there. Love Dyann and Mike.

    — Mike and Dyann