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Electrician, contractor gave freely to others

 

Allen Moore

Allen Moore, a 15-year resident who made a mark in Haines by lending his carpentry skills to people in need, died Tuesday in Salt Lake City of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 83.

Moore and wife Carol came to Haines after missing a turn in Haines Junction, Y.T., during a vacation here. "They ended up in Haines. Then they ended up falling in love with Haines because it's so beautiful there," said grandson Josh Moore, who attended junior high and high school here.

Allen Moore grew up in Salt Lake City and served in the Navy Seabees in Guam. He returned to his hometown, where he worked as a builder and electrician. He started Moore Electric, installing electric systems, before starting ESP Plus, an electrical supply warehouse with stores now in Salt Lake City and Sandy, Utah.

Moore spent 10 years building a home at Letnikof Estates. "He and I built it ourselves. He taught me how to build a house by building it," said Josh Moore.

Allen Moore built decks and cabinets for friends in Haines who couldn't do the jobs themselves, his grandson said. Josh Moore recalled building a wheelchair ramp in the rain on one such job. "We'd get a shock every time we picked up the tools. He was really focused on helping people who needed help. He loved doing stuff with his hands. That's what he was all about."

The Moores sold their house and returned to Utah five years ago due to Allen's deteriorating health.

Josh Moore, who works as warehouse manager at one of his grandfather's stores in Sandy, said the company has 20 employees, about half of whom are family members.

Allen Moore is survived by sons Ken, Darrin, and Allen Troy of Salt Lake City and Dave of Las Vegas, Nev.; by daughters Michelle Wasley of Salt Lake City and Cheryl Shelton of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and by many grandchildren.

A service for Moore was to be held later this week. Letters may be sent to Carol Moore, c/o S. 500 West, Sandy, Utah 84070.