Last week we lost a true hero in Frank Moore. From his courageous service during WWII to his steadfast dedication to the North Umpqua River and its wild steelhead, Frank Moore left a long legacy of accomplishments. The movie, Mending the Line, features some these accomplishments but more importantly, gives viewers a glimpse of the deep love he and his wife Jeanne shared. His love for the North Umpqua will live on with the Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary on the Steamboat Creek Watershed.
There has been an outpouring of remembrances for Frank and several brought a tear to my eye. I highly recommend this detailed article published in the Roseburg News Review on 1/24/22. Oregon Public Broadcasting included a link to the 2013 Oregon Field Guide episode featuring Frank in their brief post remembering him. Native Fish Society’s Peter Tronquet reminisced on his experiences with Frank on the river. Trout Unlimited and The North Umpqua Foundation also remembered his accomplishments.
My friend Karl Konecny of Glide was deeply moved by Frank and his wife, Jeanne’s long and beautiful marriage, saying “Frank and Jeanne showed me what true, unconditional love is. Love of of each other, love of friends and neighbors, love of country, and love of nature.”
Curt and Janet Arenz were fortunate to fish with Frank back in 2013 and shared their photos.
FCO member Robert Sheley remembers Frank’s uncanny ability to remember those he had met.
“Over the past many years I had the privilege of meeting Frank Moore a few times. Enough perhaps to be a friendly acquaintance but not really an old friend. About 15 years ago I was waiting for a friend outside the Queenstown New Zealand airport when who should walk by but of course Frank Moore. I barely said hello when grabbed my right hand, crushing several bones with his iron grip. He grinned and asked about my son Parker. He had met Parker (then a small boy) only once a few years before. What a prince on so many levels. Like many others I am humbled to have known him.”