Benjamin Henry Moore Jr., passed away Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at the age of 71, after a very short battle with cancer.
Ben was born on June 19, 1946 to the late Benjamin Henry Moore, Sr. and Beth McCallum. Survived by wife, Lindsay, two children: Allyson and Celeste, and eight grandchildren: Joshua, Jeremy, Brittany, Ana, Laura, Moriah, Benjamin, and Elijah.
Ben loved flying helicopters and teaching. Ben began his lifelong interest in helicopters in 1967 when he volunteered for the US Army, spending five years serving as a helicopter pilot, instructor pilot, and operations officer. His military service included a year's tour in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot in 1969. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, among other honors. For over 50 years, Ben continued his aviation career as a line pilot, instructor pilot, training pilot, chief pilot, and construction manager with various operators around the world. He flew missions and trained pilots in Ecuador, Peru, Iran and the United States. Spending his past few summer flying for Helicopter Transport Services of Aurora, Ore., as a firefighter pilot, fighting wildfires in Montana.
Flying was not his only passion, Ben appraised helicopters, specializing in heavy-lift aircraft appraisals and inventory appraisals, onsite examinations. He worked beside the staff at HeliValue$, Inc. for over 15 years teaching new appraisers the trade.
As an alternative to flowers, please consider donating a memorial gift in honor of Benjamin Moore to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).