W.C. "Mike" Moore passed away on August 24, 2011 in Bellingham. He was born June 22, 1919 in Seattle, worked and raised his family in Colville and Deer Park.
Mike married Elaine "Joyce" Moore on August 25, 1953. He graduated from the University of Washington, and studied ecoÂ¬nomics for one year in Paris, France.
A Captain in the Army-Air Force during WW II, he was shot down twice, captured the second timeâ€”a POW and an avid pilot throughout his life. His bravery during the war earned him the prestigious Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart.
Mike was a bank manager and district VP for National Bank of Commerce (now Bank of America).
He loved to travel around the world. Mike and Joyce joined the Peace Corps after Mike's retirement and served two years in the Philippines. Not tired yet of traveling and reaching out to help others, they studied teaching English as a second language at Western Washington University and then taught English at Hunan College in China. Mike and Joyce spent many years opening their home and hearts to foster children. He always thought of the well-being of others before that of his own and always found the humorous side of life. He often would skip the main course of a meal and head right to the ice cream and dessert. Mike longed to return to the "water side" of Washington and spent his retirement years in Bellingham
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce.
Mike is survived by his children: Laurie Alexander, Dan Moore and Greg Fong; his grandchildren, Hannah Lima, Tabitha Peters (Paul), Seth Alexander, Shannon Moore, ElizaÂ¬beth Branham (Jim), and Peter Fong; and great-grandchildren, Lauren Peters, Tait Peters, Quinlan Branham, Demi Cruz, and Belle Branham.
Mike had seven siblings and is survived by: Peggy DeCarlo, Betty Jacobsen, and Willis and Wayne Moore.
A service will be held Saturday, August 27, 2 p.m., at Hillcrest Chapel in Bellingham.
Memorials may be made to the Whatcom Hospice Foundation at 2901 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98229, www.hospicehelp.org.
You may share your thoughts and memories of Mike in the online memorial guest book at www.molesfuneralhomes.com.