Joe “Doc” Moore

March 13, 1939 - May 15, 2017

Joe “Doc” Moore, of Canyon Lake, Texas, passed away at 5 a.m. on May 15, 2017. He passed easily, following a joyous and well-attended “Celebration of Life” at Kirkwood Manor Care Center in New Braunfels only two days before. Born March 13, 1939, to Dee and Mary Moore, Doc lead an adventurous and multi-faceted life. From his early teens in Graham, Texas, Doc was the only family member with eyesight—his dad, step-mother, and step-brother were all legally blind. Doc recalled dragging the school Christmas tree home when school let out for the holidays, to serve as the family tree, since no one could drive and buy one.  

Dr. Moore earned his B.S.Ed., M.Ed., and Ed.D. from North Texas State University in Secondary Education and joined Southwest Texas State University in September, 1968. During his tenure, he served as Director of Secondary Student Teaching and Field Experiences, supervising student teachers in junior high and high schools throughout Central Texas. Dr. Moore retired in January, 1998, and was honored as an Associate Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction.

In 1976, Doc and Tim Tingle moved to Dripping Springs and opened New Canaan Farms, a jam, jelly, and salsa factory employing over two hundred people in a town of six hundred. New Canaan products were sold in 42 states, including HEB and Neiman Marcus stores. After the sale of New Canaan in 1996, Doc returned to his true love, listening to, collecting, and sharing Texas tales. 

From 1990 until his retirement on the beautiful shores of Canyon Lake, Doc performed stories at theaters and schools throughout Texas, and made numerous award-winning recordings. Co-author of three still popular and widely-read Texas ghost story books, Doc has inspired thousands with his teachings and his stories. His short story, “Miss Maude,” included in the anthology The Noble Generation, was his gem. Based on his growing up days in Graham, Doc tells of an elderly neighbor with dementia. A few days before Christmas, Doc bought Miss Maude the last holiday present she would ever receive, with money she had given him for his own present. It was a Christmas ornament of an old church with real glass windows, as she had described her childhood church in the Panhandle.

Doc is survived by Tim Tingle, his partner of 35 years, his son, Jacob Tingle, and friends across America who hold him in their hearts. “You Are My Sunshine,” Doc, we all sing to the heavens.

Funeral services are Thursday, May 18, at University Presbyterian Church, 300 Bushnell Avenue, San Antonio, Texas. Viewing is at 4 p.m., service at 5 p.m. and a reception at 6 p.m.  

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