“I considered John Moore one of those quiet leaders. He didn’t make a lot of noise about anything. He just worked to get things done,” Walker said.
According to the Dayton Foundation’s website, Moore gave more than 50 years to various corporate, nonprofit, local government and grassroots organizations.
“But what his biography doesn’t convey are his approachable warmth, sincere humility and unquestionable integrity, which have made him one of the most well-respected and influential leaders in the Dayton area,” the foundation wrote.
Moore was involved with the Dayton Foundation, Sinclair Community College’s board of trustees, a co-founder of Parity Inc., a trustee of the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area, a trustee and chair of the Self Sufficiency Task Force, a member of the Montgomery County Job Center Governing Board, a member of the MedAmerica Health Systems Corp. and more.
Moore helped create the Montgomery County human services levy, which merged six human services-oriented levies into two.
He was also a founding supporter of the Dayton-Montgomery County Scholarship program, which raised $25,000 in its first year and $35,000 the second year. A $1 million donation from Dayton philanthropist and industrialist Jesse Phillips was instrumental in sustaining the program.
Since then, from the fund, scholarships have been granted to 600 or 700 students each year, with scholarships averaging about $1,000 each.
His son, John Moore Jr., said his father was a hero and a role model.
“My dad was exceptional because he was a visionary,” he said.
John Moore Sr. was honored in a 2016 article in the Dayton Daily News calling him an unsung hero. In that interview, Moore said he was on a faith journey.
“It’s kind of wrapped up in my journey, my faith journey,” John Moore Sr. said. “It’s a faith journey.”
With a smile, he added, “I guess I haven’t learned how to say ‘No,’ often enough. I got a weak heart, or something.”
Walker and Gillispie said they hoped more people would strive to be like John Moore Sr.
“If communities had more John Moores, it would be a better place to live,” Walker said.
John Moore Jr. said the family planned to hold a private ceremony at Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asked donations be made to the John E. Moore and Hester Moore Fund at the Dayton Foundation.