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December 15, 1961 - May 17, 2022
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Buz (Plumis) Walter Moore, Jr. died peacefully on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at the age of 60 in
Sandpoint, Idaho with his loving family by his side.
Please join us for a Memorial Service and Luncheon in honor of Buz on Friday, May 27, 2022 at
11 O’Clock AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 603 Stephen St. Clark Fork,
Idaho. Private Graveside Service to Follow. Please bring your fondest memories of Buz to share
with family and friends.
Buz was born December 15, 1961 in Missoula, Montana to Dorothy Marie (Goodman) Moore
and Buz (Plumis) Walter Moore, Sr. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Alaska where
Buz spent his childhood living an adventurous life all over the state. He loved to tell stories of
hunting, fishing and running trap-lines in his youth. Buz also learned the value of hard work at a
young age, working for the family logging business, he attended school up to the 8th grade,
after which he went to work full time. His work ethic was unprecedented and is instilled in his
At age 16, Buz moved to Idaho, where he met his first wife Tracie Fleming. The two were
married September 9, 1980 and together loved and raised 6 children in Worley and Plummer,
In 2010 Buz moved to Clark Fork, Idaho where he later met and married his 2nd wife and best
friend, Nicole Jeffres, and together made many memories along with her 3 boys.
Buz ran a successful excavation business and took pride in being self-employed so that he
could spend time with his loved ones. This was work he truly enjoyed and you could see him
smiling while he ran his dozer and backhoe. He was one of the lucky ones who got to work at
something he loved.
Buz had many talents that he enjoyed, such as welding, mechanic work, logging, engineering,
carpentry, boxing, butchering, hunting, fishing, singing, sewing, baking, and cooking. He loved to
learn and there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do or fix. One of the toughest men out there, he was
also one of the most caring. Buz loved to spend time with his family and friends, teaching and
sharing his talents.
Buz was a man of strong faith who believed in God and his Savior Jesus Christ. He spent much
of his life helping others and trying to do good in the places he lived. He loved his country and
was a true patriot.
Buz is survived by his children, Christina Lopez, Susan Moore, Jenifer (Trevor) Darnold, Kaela
(Andrew) Burgess, Sean (Dani) Moore, and Meghan Moore, as well as his 27 grandchildren; His
siblings, Jo Ann Acuna, Jack Martin, Rose Orthman, Sheri Reed, Rick Moore, Rox-Ann Henley,
and Shannon Wright
He was preceded in death by his son, Buz (Plumis) Walter Moore, III; his grandson, Seth Young;
his mother, Dorothy Marie (Goodman) Moore, and his father, Buz (Plumis) Walter Moore, Sr.
When you’re lost in the Wild, and you’re scared as a child,
And Death looks you bang in the eye,
And you’re sore as a boil, it’s according to Hoyle
To cock your revolver and . . . die.
But the Code of a Man says: “Fight all you can,”
And self-dissolution is barred.
In hunger and woe, oh, it’s easy to blow . . .
It’s the hell-served-for-breakfast that’s hard.
“You’re sick of the game!” Well, now, that’s a shame.
You’re young and you’re brave and you’re bright.
“You’ve had a raw deal!” I know — but don’t squeal,
Buck up, do your damnedest, and fight.
It’s the plugging away that will win you the day,
So don’t be a piker, old pard!
Just draw on your grit; it’s so easy to quit:
It’s the keeping-your-chin-up that’s hard.
It’s easy to cry that you’re beaten — and die;
It’s easy to crawfish and crawl;
But to fight and to fight when hope’s out of sight —
Why, that’s the best game of them all!
And though you come out of each gruelling bout,
All broken and beaten and scarred,
Just have one more try — it’s dead easy to die,
It’s the keeping-on-living that’s hard.
~Robert W Service