James Lee Moore


(Apr. 11, 2008)

James L. Moore, 47, Worland,  died suddenly Friday, April 11 from cardiac complications.

He was born April 1, 1961 in Dickinson, N.D., to Jesse J. and Marlene A. (Martin) Moore. The family moved to Worland in 1964. He attended parochial school until fifth grade at St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic School and went on to graduate from Worland High School in 1979.

James played football in high school and drove school bus for three years. When he received a scholarship to Snow College to play football, he played for the Badgers for two years and worked on his welding degree, which he received in 1981.

He came back to Worland where he worked in the oil fields for Leonard Pierce and Exeter Oil Company. He also worked for LK trucking and in 1987 he started 3 J’s Welding with his father and brother Jay. In 2003, he purchased Goose’s Liquor and was also a part owner of the Big Horn Bar in Ten Sleep.

He married Patricia Smith in 1985, and to this union were born two children, Danielle and Travis. They were later divorced.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge, the American Legion, and the local chapter of the API.

James met Dru in 2003 and they were later married on Oct 8, 2005, in Worland where they have resided until the time of his death.

His passion was his work. It was his driving force.  In the past few years he has branched out into farming, raising horses at the Iron Rose Ranch.

James enjoyed snowmobiling, being in the mountains and at the cabin. He loved to travel and to play golf. Whether it was having a backyard barbecue for friends and family or walking on the beach or 4-wheeling out in the badlands, James was always in his element.   He was the “king of raffle tickets,” supporting many local organizations in the community. He loved his “toys” and had a great sense of humor. He also had a great love for his dog, Jake II.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, four uncles and three aunts.

Survivors include his wife, Dru Bower-Moore of Worland; son, Travis Moore of Sheridan; daughter, Danielle (Matt) Earl; parents, Jesse and Marlene Moore; brother, Jay (Kelli) Moore; and a sister Jeralyn (Dan) Frederick, all of Worland. He is also survived by grandchildren Jaden Earl and Rylee Nicole Moore, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Wednesday, April 16 at St. Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Church in Worland with Father Jim Heiser officiating. Memorials may be made to the James Moore Memorial for a fund to be named at a later date in care of Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 524, Worland, WY 82401.