Born July 17, 1932 to John Vernon Moore and Norma Madsen Moore in Ogden Utah, Arnold was the middle of three sons, born between John Vernon Jr., the oldest, and Norman Ray. Growing up in the shadow of the Great Depression, the boys were raised to understand the value of hard work. Yet they maintained their spirited sense of fun in the face of trials even as their mother’s tuberculosis and father’s bouts with alcoholism necessitated stays in foster homes and Ogden’s home for orphaned boys, which was no match for the trio, who escaped that facility and worked their back to Salt Lake, where the family then resided.

As a young man in the city, Arnold maintained an active social life and began working as a second generation painter. He met the love of his life when helping two young women move furniture into a downtown apartment building. After climbing three flights of stairs with a sprained ankle while carrying a heavy chest of drawers, he knew the experience was worth the toil when he saw his future wife for the first time. She was the girl unpacking dishes in the apartment’s kitchen. Shanna Marie Bellon recognized him from a caroling episode earlier that Winter, when she was so struck by the beauty and power of the singing voice resonating from the row behind her that she turned to see the man to whom it belonged.

An unlikely courtship ensued between the beautiful, book smart country girl from Roosevelt and the street smart city boy with an enormous heart. The pair eloped in Las Vegas in 1955 and started a family. Their first daughter, Wendy, was born prior to Arnold enlisting in the Navy in 1956. He achieved a rank of Corpsman First Class and served aboard the USS Trathen and USS De Haven. Over his two years of service, Arnold accrued adventures and misadventures alike, which he recounted many times over the years to the great delight of his audience. Arnold always was a natural and engaging performer, being blessed with that very special singing voice and a warm personal charisma. He had a way of lightening hearts in challenging times, and making the good times more memorable.

After completing his Navy service, the young family settled in Bountiful and along came daughters Tammy, Debra and Kimberlee, and sons Brad and Brett. Love for family was always the central, constant aspect of life for Shanna and Arnold. He showed his total devotion to his family through working at Hill Field AFB as a missile guidance system technician during the day, a janitor at night, and as a paint contractor in his spare time. Eventually he established his own contracting business, always finding a way through the ebbs and flows with hard work, perseverance, and a song in his heart– and, when appropriate, a little swearing under his breath.

The family was sealed in the Salt Lake Temple in 1978, and remained close as the children grew, married, and began families of their own. Shanna and Arnold reveled in their role as grandparents (Nana and Pa), and eventually, great grandparents. Uproarious holiday gatherings were the norm, as were tale tellings in later years of the great grandchildren’s exploits.

Shanna preceded Arnold beyond the veil in 2009, slipping from his sight but never from his thoughts nor his heart. As his once unbreakable body was rendering it’s final days of service, he asked nightly for prayers that upon drifting off to sleep, he may awake in Shanna’s tight embrace. After a life lived with love, zest and generosity, on the morning of November 26, 2022, while he slept Arnold Thad Moore was finally granted quiet passage to the realm of his beloved.

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Post Date

Nov 30, 2022

Personal Info

Born

Ogden, Utah, United States

Died

Bountiful, Utah, United States

Age

90
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Arnold, Shanna and the rest of the Moore family were my neighbors, what a beautiful family they are, so warm and inviting, great times and laughter were the norm during visits to their beautiful home. Arnold would sing the most beautiful rendition of Oh Holy Night, Acapella no less, every Christmas in front of our church congregation. The spirit was felt each and every time. Arnold and Shanna are amazing friends who raised equally amazing children. Until we meet again....

David Finklea , north Salt lake , UT, US Jan 30, 2023

Arnold, Shanna and the rest of the Moore family were my neighbors, what a beautiful family they are, so warm and inviting, great times and laughter were the norm during visits to their beautiful home. Arnold would sing the most beautiful rendition of Oh Holy Night, Acapella no less, every Christmas in front of our church congregation. The spirit was felt each and every time. Arnold and Shanna are amazing friends who raised equally amazing children. Until we meet again....

David Finklea , north Salt lake , UT, US Jan 30, 2023

Arnold, Shanna and the rest of the Moore family were my neighbors, what a beautiful family they are, so warm and inviting, great times and laughter were the norm during visits to their beautiful home. Arnold would sing the most beautiful rendition of Oh Holy Night, Acapella no less, every Christmas in front of our church congregation. The spirit was felt each and every time. Arnold and Shanna are amazing friends who raised equally amazing children. Until we meet again....

David Finklea , north Salt lake , UT, US Jan 30, 2023

Arnold, Shanna and the rest of the Moore family were my neighbors, what a beautiful family they are, so warm and inviting, great times and laughter were the norm during visits to their beautiful home. Arnold would sing the most beautiful rendition of Oh Holy Night, Acapella no less, every Christmas in front of our church congregation. The spirit was felt each and every time. Arnold and Shanna are amazing friends who raised equally amazing children. Until we meet again....

David Finklea , north Salt lake , UT, US Jan 30, 2023

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