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Michael D. Moore, 32° KCCH
Deputy Grand Master, Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Masons in Colorado

Portrait of Mike Moore Brother Mike Moore is a familiar face to the Brothers in his role as former Chairman of the Class Committee of the Denver Consistory, and also as the newly elected Deputy Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Masons in Colorado. It was my honor and pleasure to spend a couple of hours with Mike at his home, interviewing him for this Member Spotlight.

Brother Mike grew up in central and southern Illinois and has been in Colorado for about 37 years. He and his lovely wife, Denise, have five daughters - two from Denise's first marriage and three from Mike's first marriage. Mike and Denise have seven grandkids and have been happily married for more than 18 years. Denise is semi-retired and is the church organist and choir director for their church. She also is the Secretary of the Denver Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Mike emphasized several times during our talk about how supportive Denise is of his Masonic labors and how appreciative he is for that support. Mike has been successfully self-employed as a house painter for the past 37 years. It speaks well to Mike's character and quality of work to note that he has not advertised his business for more than 30 years, but rather has relied upon very favorable word-of-mouth recommendations from his clients. Mike has also painted in several Lodge rooms over the years — Parkhill #148, South Denver #93, the Lodge room at the Denver Consistory, and just recently Fort Lupton #119.

Mike was raised a Master Mason on April 8, 2006 in Englewood Lodge #166, AF&AM. He served as Worshipful Master of his Lodge in 2011. Englewood #166 is merging with Liberty #134 and the new Lodge will be known as New Frontier Lodge #134. Mike joined the Scottish Rite soon after becoming a Master Mason and was a 2011 Scottish Rite Fellow. He served as the Commander of the Council of Kadosh in 2014. Mike was also a District Lecturer for nearly two years and was invited to join the Grand Line by PGM Mike McMillan in 2014. Mike was one of the first Brothers to complete the Master Craftsman program and has completed the College of the Consistory course out of Guthrie. In addition to serving as Class Committee Chairman, he has done significant archiving work for the Denver Consistory and he wrote a monthly column for RiteWorks - "Between the Columns" - for several years. He also has served the Fraternity as a member of the Grand Lodge speakers Bureau, averaging about 15 talks per year. Mike served on the Children's Hospital Appraisal Committee for three years. He recently was made an Honorary Member of Denver-Fitzsimons Chapter #37, National Sojourners.

Now that you have a little knowledge of Mike's family and Masonic background, let's look at the very interesting aspects of this multi-talented man.

  • Mike was a High school All-American wrestling champion. He has held the record for mostvarsity wins - 120 - at his high school for more than 40 years. He qualified for the statechampionships three consecutive years. Mike went to the Olympic Freestyle Training Camp in 1977.
  • Mike is an avid outdoorsman and mountain man re-enactor. He has canoed more than 500 miles, usually with one or two canoeing partners, in primitive conditions and in wilderness areas. His regular canoe partner is a subcontractor with NASA, working on the outside windows and heat shield on the space shuttle program. An interesting man with very interesting friends! He has made his own buckskin clothes and is a black powder shooter. He holds the highest ranking awarded in the American Mountain Men, a national survival re-enactor organization.
  • Mike recently has taken up the Ham radio hobby and holds the highest license class available to amateur radio operators - Amateur Extra. He builds his own antennas and has talked with operators in about two-thirds of the countries in the world. His callsign is KEØLRD.
  • He is a self-taught mandolin player.
  • Mike is an accomplished astronomer and astro-photographer. He has seven telescopes,several of which he built himself and has more than 500 hours of viewing time. He oftenviews from his back yard, but prefers the mountain areas, particularly the South Park region.
  • In 2011 Mike received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tesoro Foundation. The Tesoro Foundation ("Tesoro" means "treasurer" in Spanish) is committee to protecting and making available to the community the artistic treasures of our American past. All Tesoro events are inspired by Colorado's rich history and shared experiences with Southwest,Spanish, Mexican, Native American, African-American, and early European cultures. From art and cuisine to historical re-enactments and music, the Tesoro foundation's mission is to create community-based events and educational programs designed to enrich and celebrate our diverse cultural heritage.
  • He is an accomplished author, having written seven books. Four of these are non-fiction accounts of the early American West and three are Masonic Almanacs. He has published more than 130 articles nationally, primarily on the early American West, but also in Plumbline - a quarterly research publication of the Scottish Rite Research Society.
  • Mike was featured on the History Channel in a program entitled "Jedediah Smith and the Opening of the West." He maintains an internet database of more than 5,000 names of persons in the Early American West and where to find further information on each of them. He appeared as the "talkinghead" on a Vimeo video produced by WB Carl Hartman entitled "Freemasonry in the Early West."
Being able to spend a couple of hours with Mike was indeed a treat and a pleasure. When I asked him to sum up his feelings about Masonry, his reply was "The quality of men you meet and the shoulders you rub up against makes Masonry meaningful."

Next time you see Mike at the Consistory or Grand Lodge or in your Blue Lodge, we urge you to go introduce yourself and get to know the man. You'll be a better man and Mason for knowing Brother Mike.

Danny L. Tomlinson, 32° KCCH
1st Lieutenant Commander, Colorado Council of Kadosh

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