A kind and caring educator who strived to help at-risk students, Fred Moe had a heart of gold.
“He was a quiet man who was very approachable,” his daughter, Julie Holmes said. “Dad would sit and listen, and he understood everyone is different and accepted them for who they were.”
Moe, who taught and coached athletics for 30 years at Monticello Middle School, died March 5 in Longview. He was 72.
The son of Sheldon and Edna Moe, he was born Feb. 15, 1946 in Longview. He attended Longview schools, graduating from R.A. Long in 1964.
A starter on the football, basketball and baseball teams, Moe earned All-Conference accolades in football as a sophomore running back, and served as Tri-Captain of the basketball team.
After graduation, Moe received a scholarship to play football at Washington State University, where he played fullback for two seasons. He later transferred to Pacific Lutheran University, where he played his final two collegiate campaigns. As a senior, he was named to the All-Conference team.
After graduating with a degree in Education, Moe returned to Longview and was hired by the school district as a teacher and coach in football, track and basketball.
Longtime local physician Rich Kirkpatrick recalled playing sixth grade flag football with Moe.
“Fred and I were halfbacks,” Kirkpatrick said in the 2001 story. “Fred became a coach, sort of like his dad, Sheldon “Dutch” Moe, who owned a hardware store that gave discounts on sporting goods to kids.
“Mr. Moe’s quiet, dependable and thoughtful nature got passed on to Fred. Kids at Monticello are lucky that they’ve known Fred as teacher and coach.”
Moe’s coaching reach extended beyond Monticello. He served as an assistant boys basketball coach in Rainier, and helped develop a youth basketball program of Rainier kids at the YMCA. He also coached Little League baseball for eight years, and coached a Special Olympics softball to a state title.
“When my daughter was in the third grade, dad was coaching youth basketball at the YMCA,” Holmes said. “It was a really fun time for him, and he talked a lot about wanting the girls to know the fundamentals and have equal playing time.”
Like her father, Holmes also taught at Monticello.
“Dad helped me with being prepared as a teacher,” she said. “He taught me that the kids are valued, and each person is special.”
During the summer, Moe would work in the juvenile detention program was at-risk individuals. After retirement, he helped start the North Columbia Academy for at-risk students in the Rainier School District.
“Dad enjoyed working with at-risk kids,” Holmes said. “He had a heart for them.”
Moe served on the Cowlitz County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board, and was a Democratic election committee volunteer.
Moe and his wife, Sharon, were married for about 50 years, and have four children, boys, Tim, Loran, Nathan, and daughter Julia.
Steele Chapel at Longview Memorial Park & Crematory is taking care of arrangements.