Keith & Keith Funeral Home
“Our breath is short, and being so
Let’s make our heaven down here
And lavish kindness as it goes.
Bruce Moorer was born on January 20, 1955 and passed away on March 25, 2022, after a quick battle with brain cancer. He was 67 years old.
Bruce was born in Chehalis, Washington, the eldest child of Winfred and Beverly Moorer. Her childhood years were spent in Lewiston, Idaho, and Spokane, Washington, until her family moved to Moscow, Idaho. The eldest of four children and a consummate “big brother”, he looked after his siblings Mary, Mark and Becky. As children, they spent their summers in Ethel, Washington, with their beloved grandmother, Anna Judd, spending their days fishing, picking berries, and helping their grandmother and Uncle Bob household and garden chores. Bruce held a special place in his heart for those days and the memories made with his siblings and grandmother. Bruce graduated from high school in Moscow, before enrolling at the University of Idaho to study accounting. A proud U of I Vandal, he was also a member of the Delta Chi fraternity, where he made lifelong friends and perhaps made some questionable decisions (his words).
After earning his accounting degree, Bruce moved to Yakima to work for Boyd Olofson and Company, where he began his career as a CPA, a career he loved so much. In addition to providing public tax services, Bruce has also taught accounting at Heritage University, City University and Yakima Valley College. On February 16, 1982, he asked a girl he had met named Debbie Anderson out to dinner. It was the end of Bruce’s single days. In 1984, Bruce then moved on to serve as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Haney Truck Line/Quality Transportation Company, where he struck up a lasting friendship with one of the most cherished and influential people in his life, Dennis Richardson. . In 2008, after 25 years with Quality Transportation, Bruce returned to public accounting, as a partner in Villbrandt, Stark and Moorer, then as a principal of Moorer & Co., PLLC. A true ‘numbers guy’, Bruce loved accounting and enjoyed the friendships he had made with his many clients over the years.
Bruce and Debbie were married in Yakima on June 1, 1985 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Yakima. Their greatest joys came in 1994 and 1997, when their two daughters, Claire and Olivia, were born. Bruce would tell anyone who would listen that his family was his greatest achievement. He was thrilled when his second daughter, Olivia, got engaged in November 2021, welcoming his new son, Caleb, to the family. A Catholic by birth, Bruce was loyal to his church and to Catholic education.
Bruce loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Each fall he hunted deer in the Sun Valley and elk in the Selway. He was so looking forward to hunting the “big one” with Dennis, Mike, Dave and Red Richardson, along with fellow hunters Johnny George and John Gavin. Bruce also enjoyed his bird hunts in the Lower Valley with his friend Bill Hayes and his goose hunts in Hermiston with Dennis, Bill Von Stubbe, Bob Hall and his 4-legged Breton friends, Lilly, Darby and Charlie-girl . Halibut and salmon fishing trips with the Richardsons in Petersburg, Alaska were also an annual event that Bruce loved. Fishing the Yakima River with the flies he tied himself was one of Bruce’s favorite and most peaceful pastimes. Golfing at the Elks and taking his 4-legged friends to the driving range in the wee hours of the morning has always made his day. Still a Gonzaga basketball fan, Bruce was especially thrilled when Claire and Olivia attended and then graduated from Gonzaga. Watching the Zags perform with the local Zag fan group was something Bruce looked forward to. He loved his family trips to Sun Valley and Cannon Beach. He and Debbie visited CB several times a year, enjoying a cold meal at Bill’s Tavern, long walks on the beach and a consistently delicious dinner at the Wayfarer Restaurant. Bruce gardened with Debbie, loved watching Hallmark movies with her, and enjoyed summer evenings on the back patio, chatting and drinking a glass of wine. As a young man, Bruce belonged to the Yakima Tennis Club, played racquetball, city league basketball, and city league softball. He also enjoyed skiing at White Pass and hiking the Yakima River Canyon with his favorite dog.
Bruce was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Washington State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and earned additional credentials as a forensic accountant. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, YMCA, Sunrise Rotary and St. Paul’s Cathedral. He has also served on the boards of Allied Arts, the Yakima Housing Authority, and the YMCA, among others.
Six weeks before his death, Bruce was diagnosed with grade/stage 4 glioblastoma; six tumors managed to rob him of his memory and cognition, but never his love of family.
A few weeks before his death, as he began to move away, he told his daughters that he loved them and was “enjoying these moments; you don’t know when they will come next.
Bruce was predeceased by his parents and brother Mark Moorer. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Debbie; daughters Claire and Olivia; sisters Mary Senko and Becky Rathbun; in-laws JoAnn Anderson, Mike Senko, Sharon Stoll-Moorer, Greg Anderson, Andrea Anderson, Teresa Anderson and Thor Amundson; many nieces and nephews; her “best female dog” Charlie-girl and her favorite cat, Patti. He is also survived by his dear friend Dennis Richardson, Gin Rummy partner Ken Flaks and Friday breakfast friends Paul Larson, John Rennie and Ken Wagar.
The family would like to express their thanks and gratitude to Dr Richard Sloop and Dr Peter Nora at Swedish Hospital, and the loving nurses and caregivers at Covenant House who cared for Bruce in his final days.
Visitation is scheduled for Friday, April 1, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. at Keith and Keith Funeral Home with a wake to follow at 5:00 p.m. Christian Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Cathedral. A celebration of Bruce’s life well lived will follow at La Salle High School, 3000 Lightning Way in Union Gap. Bring your memories and stories as we eat, drink and raise a Guinness at Bruce. Memorials in Bruce’s name can be made at La Salle High School to help fund students, or at the YMCA.