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September 18th, 2013
Billy Glenn Moore, 1943 to 2013

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Former San Marcos Mayor Billy Glenn Moore, 70, passed away Sept. 14 from cancer. He was born April 10, 1943 in Littlefield, to Arthur “Butch” Moore and Corine Alexander Moore, the first of two sons.

After moving around west Texas during his childhood, Billy settled in Odessa for his junior high and high school years and graduated from Odessa High in 1961 as president of his senior class. While there, Billy spent many years involved with the Second Baptist Church. He earned an Associates of Art Degree in 1962 from Odessa Junior College and then moved to San Marcos in 1963 where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a Master of Arts Degree in English/Counseling and Guidance from Southwest Texas State University.

Billy played basketball for Odessa High, Odessa Junior College and for the SWT Bobcats and was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honorary Society and Sigma Tau Delta English Society. In 1968 he enrolled at Louisiana State University where he pursued a doctorate in English Literature. At LSU he received a National Defense Education Teaching Fellowship for two years and was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society.

Billy began his 35 year employment with Texas State University in 1965 until his retirement in 2003. He taught in the English Department for 15 years. From 1986 to 1999, he served as Director of Public Affairs and as Director of Regional and Economic Planning from 1999 to 2003.

He met his wife Marsha in San Marcos, and they were married on May 26, 1973 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Yorktown. Two daughters who were the delight of his life were born: Marissa Katherine in 1979 and Michal Elizabeth in 1982. The family is a member of First Lutheran Church in San Marcos, where Billy served on various committees throughout the years.

Billy began his service to the city of San Marcos in 1980 as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission and served as chair for seven years. He ran for City Council and was elected three times to his Place 5 seat from 1988-1996. He was elected Mayor for two terms from 1996-2000. His passion for preservation of the Edwards Aquifer and the spring-fed San Marcos River drove much of his involvement in local, regional and state committees, councils and federal legislation, culminating in a successful Habitat Conservation Plan to protect endangered species and rules to limit aquifer pumping.

He is preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Corine Moore and by his father-in-law Carlton H. Mueller. He is survived by his wife Marsha, two daughters Michal Moore of San Antonio and Marissa and husband Brandon Austin of Austin, and brother Michael Moore of San Antonio. He is also survived by mother-in-law Gladys Mueller of Yorktown, brothers-in-law Phil and wife Renee Mueller of Yorktown and Charles Mueller of Katy and cherished nieces and nephews.

This year, the family was able to take several trips and spend precious time with Billy doing the things he loved —fishing at the lake, cooking at the coast, perusing his iPad for the latest news, contemplating religion and politics over long evenings at the river and enjoying life with humor and grace as only he knew how. He will be missed.

Billy’s family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of the Intensive Care Unit at North Central Baptist Hospital in San Antonio for their loving care of Billy and his family for their two-and-a-half week journey and in the final hours of his life.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center, First Lutheran Church or Texas State Department of English.

The family will receive visitors at a gathering 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at Thomason Funeral Home at 2001 Old Ranch Road 12. A celebration of life will be held at the city of San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St., at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27.

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