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Philip Arnold Moore

July 4, 1941 November 4, 2021
Philip Arnold Moore
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Philip “Phil” Arnold Moore of Colorado Springs, CO formerly of Littleton, CO.

Husband, father, “grandfa,” accountant, and entrepreneur with a passion for airplanes, sports cars, classical music, coconut cream pie and milkshakes.

Born in Lake Wales, Florida on the Fourth of July,1941, Phil was raised in Central Florida and Aiken, South Carolina as the middle son of three boys by his father Edgar Arnold Moore, a salesman/engineer and Elizabeth Cody Moore, a public librarian.

A teenage rebel who confounded his high school teachers, Phil was the first of his family to graduate college when he earned his bachelor's degree in business administration and continued graduate studies in economics at the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!).

His membership in Civil Air Patrol as an adolescent inspired a life-long passion for airplanes and flying which included serving four years in the US Air Force from frigid Goose Bay Labrador to sweltering Lake Charles, Louisiana and, later, obtaining his pilot's license which he used to fly solo, with colleagues, and family. He was a proud member of the Airline Pilots and Owners Association (AOPA) and one could always find flying magazines and newsletters amidst his workspace.

After marrying his high school sweetheart, Hope Hatfield Moore, and relocating from the South to Colorado, Phil helped raise three children and later spoil five grandchildren with rides in his souped-up Mazda Miata and occasional trips to Dairy Queen.

Phil started his career in accounting with Westinghouse, advised large companies as a management consultant with Pete, Marwick, Mitchell, and worked for several mid-market enterprises as a controller before hanging out his own shingle as a small business accountant, tax software distributor, tax preparer, and financial advisor for three decades.

In his profession, Phil was an early adopter of computing technology, using some of the first portable computers, and commissioning accounting software for an IBM workstation he acquired. A confident tinkerer, Phil designed and built his own PCs to support his business and for the family.

When not hard at work, Phil could be found either in his home office, listening to classical music while consuming the latest news, or on the open road in his Miata named “Effie.” Phil loved works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Mozart and often took the family to outdoor concerts for the Fourth of July to hear the 1812 overture while the nation celebrated HIS birthday. A life long learner, Phil had a penchant for circulating marked-up articles to family members in person or by mail to help inform or inspire their thinking. In addition to road trips across the Rockies with Hope with their Miata club, Phil famously drove solo cross-country and back again, with the top down, to a family reunion in Myrtle Beach. It was a sad day for us all when his impaired vision required him to relinquish his drivers license.

Phil will always be remembered as a fiercely independent, private, humble, family man who always put the concerns of others above his own and encouraged us all to offer “hugs and kisses” to one another as he signed off on weekly phone calls with family.

Phil is survived by his wife of 59 years, Hope Hatfield Moore, three children: Rick Moore, Dwight Moore (Maricel Mojares-Moore), Dianna (Moore) Fricke (Brian Fricke); five grandchildren: Ryan Moore, Brandon Moore, Mirabelle Moore, Coen Fricke, Bryce Fricke; and two brothers: Edgar Moore, Mark Moore.

THERE WILL BE A PRIVATE FAMILY MEMORIAL AT PIKES PEAK NATIONAL CEMETERY.

To share a memory of Phil or leave a condolence to his family, please go to Phil's Tribute Wall on this page.

No flowers, please. Donations to honor Phil’s memory may be made to: Alzheimer's Association, American Cancer Society, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), or Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care.

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3:00 PM 12/23/2021 3:00:00 PM - 3:30 PM 12/23/2021 3:30:00 PM
Pikes Peak National Cemetery

10545 Drennan Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80925

Pikes Peak National Cemetery
10545 Drennan Road Colorado Springs 80925 CO
United States

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Pikes Peak National Cemetery Final Resting Place

10545 Drennan Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80925

10545 Drennan Road Colorado Springs 80925 CO
United States
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