January 24, 2022 10:50 a.m.

One of the best known people in the Umpqua Valley has passed away.

Frank Moore passed away quietly at home Sunday evening with his wife of nearly 80 years, Jeanne, and other family members by his side, according to his daughter Colleen Bechtel.

Moore was a WWII hero, who stormed the beaches of Normandy at the start of the war in 1944. In recent years he has returned to this region and been decorated as a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor for his bravery. After the war, Moore came to the Umpqua Valley, eventually building the Steamboat Inn, beginning in 1957. Moore built his log home on 80 acres of property in the Idleyld Park area in 1974.

An avid fly-fisherman, Moore was known for his promotion of fishing on the North Umpqua River and for his concern for the environment. Moore has been called the father of Oregon’s Forest Practices Law. The legislation, passed in the 1970s, established standards for all business activities involving the establishment, management, and harvesting of trees on Oregon’s forest lands.

In 2019, Congress passed legislation designating a section of the North Umpqua River as the Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Wild Special Management Area.

The Moores lost their home and possessions in the Archie Creek Fire in September 2020, which burned over 131,000 acres and destroyed approximately 160 homes. Four weeks later, in his final radio interview on News Radio 1240 KQEN, Frank Moore still had a positive view of their situation:

Moore was known for his vise-like handshakes and firm hugs. Much more could be said about the life and ideas of Frank Moore. His last words on the radio sum up the situation well.

Bechtel asked people to respect their privacy during this time. She said a private family burial will be held with a memorial to be scheduled at a later date.

Frank Moore was 98 years old. He would have been 99 next week.

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