Tom Dent Moore

Tom Dent Moore passed away at the age of 91 on July 21, 2014. He was born Dec. 18, 1922, in Floresville Texas, to Isaac Henry Moore and Sallie Jefferson Moore. He moved to Uvalde as an infant. He was a direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Julia Dent Grant. Tom was preceded in death by his parents; brother Ike Henry Moore, who was killed in World War II; sister Ruth Surber; and a daughter, Jane Hampton. After completing high school, Tom enrolled in Texas A&M University, but his studies were interrupted when he joined the U.S. Air Force. After receiving an honorable discharge, he returned to A&M where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management. Tom was employed by what was then Game, Fish, and Oyster Commission and later became the Parks and Wildlife Department. He was a wildlife biologist working on the White-winged Dove program in South Texas and trapping and transplanting deer and turkey at the Aransas Refuge. In 1949, Tom worked on the Trans-Pecos Game Management Survey in Alpine and also worked on a scaled quail project in El Paso County. With the purchase of Black Gap Wildlife Management Areas, he became manager for four years during which he also trapped mule deer and antelope for restocking and became project leader for the Trans-Pecos. He also trapped and moved Bighorn Sheep from Arizona to Texas. In 1962, Tom moved to Rockport and was named wildlife supervisor of the South Texas region. In 1948, he was promoted to director of Region 5 with responsibility for overall operation of all five department functions. He served in this capacity until 1972, when he moved to Austin as chief of Fish and Wildlife Planning. In 1974, he was named administrative assistant to Fisheries Division director, and in 1976 was promoted to chief of Coastal Fisheries Branch. He retired as chief of staff. Tom’s diverse experience led to his selection as the state designee to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to assist in the promotion of plans to conserve and protect the gulf species of fish and shellfish outside state waters. He was made an honorary citizen of Georgia by Governor George Wallace. Tom is survived by his wife of 59 years, Phyllis Moore; a son, Thomas D. Moore and wife, Gwen; two grandsons, Thomas Hampton and Zachary Moore; two nephews, Henry Moore and James Surber; and a niece, Sally Allen. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 24, at 10 a.m. at Cook Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin. Graveside services will be held Friday, July 25, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Uvalde, Texas, at 1 p.m. Tom was a member at Crestview United Methodist Church. Memorials may be sent to the Crestview TUMC Trustees. Condolences may be sent to THE PRECEDING IS A PAID OBITUARY.
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