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Obituary for Arthur Joe Mora

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Arthur Joe Mora

September 12, 1942 - September 19, 2012

“Back in the Saddle Again”Arthur “Joe” Mora-September 19, 2012Joe completed his earthly journey on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Joe was born on September 12, 1942 in Clearfield, Utah, the son of Guadalupe Sr. and Maria DeLeon Mora. He attended Ogden City schools. Joe married Verlene Brower who he referred to as, “My Love”on November 18, 1963 in SLC, Utah. Together, they have three daughters: Jolene “Love” (Ron) Thornock; Traci “Bud”(Durk) Murdock; and Tiffany “Kid” (Joel) Perry. He was a true family man and had a special relationship with each member of his family. His biggest joy was looking forward to the holidays, teaching his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren his culture and traditions during those special occasions. He touched people from all walks of life with his genuine personality. He was employed at DDOU as a heavy equipment operator, retiring after 29 years. He then became employed as a heavy equipment operator for Kapp Construction where he worked for 15 years. He received many awards for his outstanding dedication and work ethic. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he will always be remembered each Christmas because of his efforts in completing the Nativity scene, which was very special to him. He was an avid outdoorsman. His true passion was spending time with his beloved horse, Cruz. One of Joe’s most prideful moments was when he followed his father’s dream to represent his culture by riding in the July 24th Pioneer Day Parade. Joe and his brother Albert won 1st Place as “Best Showmanship” in 2005.He was a member of the Mountainman Rendezvous Club where he excelled in creating beautiful leatherwork. This was a passion which he continued to share with his family and friends. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and practicing martial arts. He donated many hours to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. At the time of his death he was working on completing his “34” Ford Coupe which was left to him by his deceased brother Lupe. Joe is survived by his wife and three daughters, eight grandchildren: Hillary, Shantell and Makenzie Thornock; Chazney, Colton, and Bridger Murdock; and Jayden and London Perry; three great-grandchildren: Brenlee Murdock; Paizlee and Ayvree Christian, with two more on the way. Joe is also survived by six brothers: Ramon, Ruben, David (Ernie), Eddie (Jean), Richard (Ceria), and Albert. Joe cherished the good times, laughs and memories that they shared in “The Shed”. Three sisters: Olga (Jim) Salas, Yolanda Flores, and Kathy Mora. Your strength and love given to our family meant more to him than you will ever know. Joe Also surviving are many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Lupe Jr., sisters Dolores (Lola) Muniz, Julia Doren, and Cecilia (Cil) Rocha; and mother-in-law, Wanda Knight. The family would like to express appreciation to the staff at Alpha Omega Hospice for their loving care, with special thanks to Vlad, Cece, and Leann. We would also like to give gratitude to the neighbor ward members, for all the maintenance and meals. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 4050 S. 3900 W. West Haven. Family will meet friends on Monday, September 24, 2012 from 6-8 p.m., at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden with Rosary held at 5:00 p.m. Interment will be held at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park. Please send us your condolences and a memory at


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, September 24, 2012

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Time: 11:00 am -

St. Mary's Catholic Church


4050 South 3900 West , , West Haven, UT,

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Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT,

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Timeline for Arthur Joe Mora

Born: September 12, 1942
Died: September 19, 2012

Condolences for Arthur Joe Mora

Stacey Archuleta posted on 9/25/12

JoLene,My heart goes out to you and your family and all that loved your dad. I know how special he was and is to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Marion Miller posted on 9/25/12

Jolene, I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of your father. Though I have not seen you recently, I think of you and my heart goes out to you at this time. May God keep you, bring you peace, and the memories of your dad uplift your spirit. Your Friend, Marion Miller


Eralia Hinojosa (Montano ) posted on 9/25/12

To Verlene , daughters and all the mora brothers & sisters - I was so Deeply sorry to hear of Joe's passing - I feel like he was my brother . We were all one big happy family growing up together in the same good ole neighborhood -West Ogden . I was lucky to have had the priviledge of being part of and to have shared alot of Mora memories . I love you all -I have yet to know any family like "THE MORA'S - Verlene included , because you were around all of us forever also .. May God Bless you all during these dark days and know that mine & Basilio's prayers are with you all (remember him ? - Tejano .) Love , Eralia Hinojosa (Montano )


Frank and Ernestina (Martinez) Fraga posted on 9/25/12

To the Mora Family,We are so sorry to hear about Joe. We will keep him and all of you in our prayers. Know that he is in paradise wih God and is keeping you with him.


Linda Essler posted on 9/24/12

My dear Mora girls, I am so saddened to learn of Joe's death. Such a hard thing to to through. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I didn't spend a lot of time with Joe but the time I did was filled with laughter and smiles and that is good memories. My love to all of you.


Sandi Turner posted on 9/24/12

I have some wonderful memories of Joe. Growing up, he was always around our house, as he and my father, Skee McCalmant were good friends.When I turned 16, dad bought me Joe’s ’76 Chevy short bed for my first vehicle. The first Friday I had it, me and my girlfriends piled in and went to drag the Boulevard. On about the third or fourth pass, I heard someone across the intersection honking at me. It was Joe in his brand new truck that he had purchased to replace the ’76. It was too funny.Once when I was smaller, I remember dad and Joe hanging out in the back yard having drinks. They decided to bust out their hatchets and practice their throwing. After several more drinks, they decided it would be great fun to try and hit the seagulls flying overhead. You should have seen those 2 throwing hatchets at the birds. It’s a wonder one didn’t come down and smack either one of them in the head!We shared many hunting and fishing trips and I have treasured memories of both he and dad.Somewhere, I have some really great photos of the two them, in dads back yard, in their buckskins. I tried to find them yesterday so I could share them. I will continue to look and when I find them, I will bring them by the house.Joe was a truly kind and gentle man. I have thought of him often over the years and wondered how he was. I was saddened to learn of his passing.May all of the great memories you have of him, bring you comfort at this difficult time. I am sorry for your lossSandi McCalmant Turner


Faith Barela posted on 9/24/12

Verlene & Family,I'm so sorry for your loss - Joe was one of a kind and left behind wonderful memories for so many, he will be sorely missed.Please know my thoughts and prayers are with your family.Faith


Brandon Barela posted on 9/24/12

JoeYou will be missed forever, I know there are a lot of people out there who love and care about you!! Jolene and Family, sorry I wont be able to attend the services, But know my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family!! Stay strong, and be safe making it through this tough time!!


Lisa Perkins posted on 9/24/12

When I think of Joe, I think of a man that is very loving, kind, helpful, caring, compassionate, understanding, handsome, funny and a real man's man. He is strong, talented, smart, very friendly and so much fun to just talk to. Joe, when I heard of your passing, I knew that you were called to do some important work. You have always been a great example to me, I remember coming to you with my problems when I was knee high to a grass hopper and you would say "well, uh" and just be there to listen. I remember you always being there for your girls, you were always home when Verlene would go to work. You always said that one day you would get a horse, I was excited to see that you did and I saw you riding your horse down the street a few times. I know that you will ride on and tend to the needs of your family, you will be a great strength. You have left a great legacy, everyone that knows you says, "he is a great man". Adios good friend, you will be deeply missed. Love Always and Forever! Lisa Perkins


Manuel Barela posted on 9/24/12

Joe Thinking back on all the hunting and fishing trips that we use to take, and all the times we sat on the ridge talking for hours, or all the times we sat around the camp fire with you my dad and Skee and the rest of the crew talking about old times....makes me realize how lucky I was to know such a great person like yourself! Hunting will never be the same!! but I promise you we will keep your memory alive every hunting season, and I will think of you every time I make jerky using your (our) secret recipe! Love you bro! Verleen, Jo, Bud, and Kidd hang in there, I know its a tough time....but you'll find the will to make it threw, just like Joe would want you too! Mem Barela and Family


Patricia Valcarce posted on 9/23/12

Verlene and girls. I am so sorry for you loss. My heart and prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time. Please try and find comfort in knowing he will always be with all of you, in your heart, filled with all the loving memories you have of him. He will live on in the sparkle and smile of his three beautiful daughters and in those of his grandkids and great grandkids.


Mike and Pam Hennessy posted on 9/23/12

Verlene and family:So sorry to read about the passing of a truly great man. Joe was always willing to lend a hand. He was a good friend and could make you laugh. The "old neighborhood" was a really fun one. May the Lord lift you up during this time of,Hennessy Family


ron chavez posted on 9/23/12

Joe, you were a West Ogden legend...hard worker, good father, horseman, outdoors-man...all of us have special memories shared when we all had the time to hang out with you, growing up and in the will be dearly missed Mr. were one of are in God's hands now Albert, Eddie, Reuben, Dave, Richard, Olga, Cathy, Yolanda....Verlene and Joe's Beautiful daughters and his grandchildren....May God comfort you and give you all strength and light through these dark days...ronnie chavez


ron chavez posted on 9/23/12

Joe, you were a West Ogden legend...hard worker, good father, horseman, outdoors-man...all of us have special memories shared when we all had the time to hang out with you, growing up and in the will be dearly missed Mr. were one of are in God's hands now Albert, Eddie, Reuben, Dave, Richard, Olga, Cathy, Yolanda....Verlene and Joe's Beautiful daughters and his grandchildren....May God comfort you and give you all strength and light through these dark days...ronnie chavez


Dawn Fraga posted on 9/23/12

Tio Joe u were to me u were an awesome man with a heart of gold u were always so full of life I will remember the times u would ride " Cruz " threw west Ogden with no shirt on and ur big ole sombrero and jus wearing ur poncho waving and stopping by family and friends house to say hello ill never forget Cruz taking a big dump on my dads grass and u said its ok its just good manure makes the grass greener u were such an all around good guy u are no longer in pain and u need to give ur loved ones the strength to be strong for one another u will greatly be missed but never forgotten may u rest with the angels and watch over ur loved ones R.I.P TIO JOE my deepest sympathy goes out to the Mora Family......


Angie Mora posted on 9/22/12

Uncle Joe, Thank You for such wonderful memories. You will be forever missed, R.I.P. Love You!!! Angie Mora


Joanne and Bruce Eriksen posted on 9/22/12

Our deepest sympathy for the entire Mora Family. Joe was a wonderful man who will be greatly missed. He always made everyone feel good and welcome. I will picture him and Cruz riding across the clouds. Adios mi amigo!


Claudia Mora Lucero posted on 9/22/12

I am so sorry to hear about My Uncle Joe's passing. I have sweet memories of My Uncle Joe. He was always smiling and it was so easy to want to be around him. I'm sad that I didn't get to spend a lot of time around him as an adult. He was an extremely loving man, always so proud of his beautiful family. He was loved so much by everyone that knew him. My first memory of him is from one of our family gathers as a little girl. He was trying to get me to speak to him, I was shy at first where I was learning to speak English. My Uncle Joe kept holding my hand as he spoke to me through out the day. He used to play cute magic tricks to make us laugh and smile. Funny to think back on one occasion where he gave me money he made appear from my ears. My Dad has shared many sweet stories of my Uncle Joe... Rest in peace Uncle Joe. Que Dios te bendiga ahora que estas en el cielo con la familia que te espera. Seras un Angel en el Cielo para todos.


Dave and Ulrike Brown posted on 9/22/12

I just wanted to express condolences in this difficult time. I knew Joe as a kind, caring, soft-spoken man who cared about all that was around him. I used to stop to chat on my way home from work many times and he would always be working on the Ford in the garage. He loved that car and telling me all about it. My only regret is that we (me and my wife) never got to have that margarita with him - he always told us he could make good ones. I dont doubt that. I will miss him waving to me as I drive down the road. What a privilege to know such a nice man as he.


Natalie posted on 9/22/12

Mora Family, Sorry about the loss of your dad and husband. I met him once and boy was I amazed with this man. He is a giant. He is needed on the other side to teach all the rest his unique ways. We lose they gain. What a neat man.


Roger Mills posted on 9/22/12

Moa family, Sorry to hear about the passing of a person of many colors. Joe was amazing! We had many hunting trips, fishing trips and horse riding experiences, on the desert in the mountains pushing cows. Had a lot of long talks and learned a lot from Joe. He was always willing to help. He will be missed. I will be pushing cows sorry to miss the services. Rest in Peace Buddy.Thoughts and prayers are with the family. Roger Mills


Pat and Barbara Garcia posted on 9/21/12

Mora Familia,Our deepest condolences to the entire family. Joe was good friend. We are sadden to hear about his passing. May the perpetual light shine upon him and may he rest in peace.