San Francisco Chronicle

Denis L. Moore

March 11, 1942 - December 21, 2022


Denis Moore was born on March 11th, 1942 to Leo and Martha Moore (Haench) in Napa, CA. He spent much of his early years in Napa, then Alameda Counties. Denis and Leo moved to Covelo, CA in 1951 after his parents’ divorce.

Denis went to school through High School in Covelo. During that time, his father was the PG&E lineman and trouble shooter for the area. Denis worked on ranches, at a local gas station, and eventually went to work for the US Forest Service as a sawman, firefighte­r and a fire look-out at Mt. Anthony.

He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in electrical

engineerin­g. That took him to PG&E, where he worked for almost three decades. He left the company as the supervisin­g engineer for the company’s Telecommun­ications Division.

Denis married Katherine Craig of Willows, CA (deceased), and had two sons, Robert and Alan. They raised their family in the Oakland Hills. He remained unmarried after the dissolutio­n of that union. His son, Alan, preceded him in death (2016).

Denis was passionate about cars and HAM Radio. He built two Amateur Radio repeaters that are still in operation. One is in the Oakland hills, the other is solar-powered, and is located on the top of Mt. Anthony (Mendocino County).

He also became his area’s computer technician. He provided and serviced computers for many of the valley’s residences, businesses, and the volunteer fire department.

He also was very active in what was to become the New Life Community Church of Covelo. After the original structure (Covelo Presbyteri­an) was destroyed in a fire, Denis set out to have the church rebuilt. This meant that he spent many sleepless nights learning about building codes and fighting with the church’s insurance company to insure proper compensati­ons were made. That was to be his final project.

Denis began to fight a mystery illness in the spring of 2022. This was ultimately found to be Lymphoma after he entered the hospital for the final time. He died on December 21st, 2022. He is survived by his son’s family, Robert, Christie, and Glenn, his step-sister Dianne Schwenn, niece and family of Stacy and Galen McMillen, and his long-time companion, Sandy Franger.

There will be a memorial service at the Covelo New Life Community Church, 76200 Perry Street, Covelo, CA 95428 on Wednesday, March 22nd at 11 AM. Anyone wishing to make a donation in his memory is encouraged to give to the church, and note that it is for the Denis Moore Memorial Building Fund.

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