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October 6, 2018

David Moomey
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Obituary for David Charles Moomey

David Charles Moomey, 58, died of metastatic melanoma at his home on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.

David was born in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 29, 1959, to William and Marjorie Moomey, and grew up in Chevy Chase. His mother was a researcher for National Geographic, his father a civil servant, and they raised their son to appreciate cultural experiences, intellectual pursuits, and travel adventures. While in high school he hiked Alaska’s Brooks Range with friends. Inspired by a favorite teacher who was a Montana native, he moved to Missoula in 1978 and attended the University of Montana.

While still a student, David began working for Meadow Gold, joined the Teamsters union, and made dairy delivery his livelihood for more than thirty years. He was known affectionately as “Dr. Milk” by the Freddy’s Feed and Read crowd. Many who have worked in Missoula’s service industry over the years will remember his easy charm, steady work ethic, and handsome mustache. Melanoma was discovered as the result of a minor work accident, and he retired in 2014 to begin treatment.

David loved exploring Montana trails and treasures, from Mt. Sentinel’s “M” to Glacier National Park’s backcountry. He had one pair of hiking boots custom made in his late teens and wore these his whole life. He read widely, spent days immersed in the Louvre and Uffizi, and was an avid soccer fan (Chelsea). Before his death, David was forced to cancel a much-anticipated return to a remote seaside hamlet in Liguria where, shortly post-diagnosis, he had once experienced a new lease on life.

David was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by a circle of kinship that writer Armistead Maupin calls “logical family,” including Gary Bowman, Robin Childers and Amy Gentry, Mark Medvetz, Karl Olson, Jim Prendergast, all of Missoula; Greg (Lia) Brinkerhoff of San Francisco; Lou Bruno and Bill Cardin of East Glacier; Paul Dostert of Southworth, Washington; William McCullough and Henry Wedelstaedt of Bend; Jim Rogers and Sherry Jones of Polson; Gene (Ann) Tierney of Boise; and many dear friends.

Friends and acquaintances are encouraged to raise a glass or hit a trail in David’s memory. For details on a summer 2019 celebration of life gathering, contact Gary Bowman at garyb@montanamusic.com. Memorial gifts can be made to community causes close to his heart: Humane Society of Western Montana, Missoula Art Museum, and the Missoula Public Library Capital Campaign. A reading area in the new library, with a view of Mt. Jumbo’s winter elk herd, will honor his legacy.

David, once again you beat us to the notched stairs at Comeau Pass! We’ll all meet up with you again someday on the Backbone of the world.

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