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Remembering a hometown hero

September 23, 2011
The Daily Freeman Journal

To the editor:

Over three years ago, I wrote a similar letter to pay tribute to the passing of Terry Roberts, who starred at center for the 1956 and 1957 WCHS standout basketball teams who were coached by the recent WCHS Sports Hall of Famer, Coach Francis Jones. The 1956 team lost another standout forward with the recent death of Dr. David Moore, MD, who resided and practiced in the community of Olney, Texas, west of my home in Southlake, Texas.

When my letter regarding Terry Roberts was published, a long time friend, Katherine Stark Nedved sent Dave Moore a copy. Dave lived across the street from the Stark children in their early childhood days and was their babysitter. He was the son of Tom and Minerva Moore who owned Moore Sports Center.

After receiving my published letter, Dave took the time to locate me via the Internet and called me to thank me for my thoughtfulness. We talked for several hours about his memories of the 1956 Lynx that finished fourth at the Iowa Boy's Basketball Tournament in Des Moines. The team had beaten Waterloo East in the quarter final round which featured NFL Hall of Famer, Don Perkins. We talked at length about the athletic talent of the team which included Dave and Ron Blue as the Forwards, Terry at 6-foot, 9 1/2 inches at center, and first team all state Gary Kolbeck and Bob Seamons as the guards. The first two off the bench were junior Marv Alexander and sophomore, John Ptacek. Jerry Sandvig was also a key member. Dave was proud that each of his teammates were men who had accomplished much in their lives.

I had the privilege of telling Dave that he was one of Webster City's finest and that he was my hometown hero. He was a humble gentleman, scholar, physician and a proud native of Webster City. He told me that whenever he got back "home," he enjoyed walking by Kendall Young Library, the former site of Lincoln High School, the former site of Washington Central, and particularly, Jefferson Gym. There he was once a teammate who scored points and rebounded well for one of the finest Webster City Lynx teams of all time.

Rest in peace, Dave, as yours was a fine walk indeed.

Keith J. Vegors

Southlake, Texas

 
 

 

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