On January 17, 2016 at 2:20pm, Jacksonville lost an artist whose instrument was a camera.
Ronald W. Moore passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family—his wife of 58 years, Dee; son Steven, cousin Penni Viets, and dear family friend, Dianne Helmer. Ron was well-known and admired for his insightful black and white photographs of Jacksonville and the historic Jacksonville Cemetery. Many will remember Ron showing his creative images at various art shows throughout the valley, including Jacksonville’s Art Presence Gallery and the Art/Farmers Market held each summer on the Courthouse lawn. In addition to displaying and marketing his extensive body of work to an appreciative clientele, Ron also donated much of his time and materials for a photography project that captured every historic building in Jacksonville for the City archives. Ron served as Chair of the Historic Architecture Review Commission for many years, was an enthusiastic Booster Club member, and donated time as photographer for the Friends of Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery.
When he wasn’t sitting on the Courthouse lawn during summer art shows, Ron might be seen walking his beloved Aussie, Bodie, or sitting on one of the town benches chatting with friendly passers-by, or contemplating how he could photograph a building from another angle. An apt quote for Ron from Ansel Adams says, “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”
Although our dedicated citizen and photographer may be gone, Ron’s legacy will live on as a testament to his love for this special town. For those lucky enough to own any of Ron’s special work, his vision and insights into local history and his views of Jacksonville will serve as a reminder of the man and his passion. Ron was a special friend of Jacksonville and will be sorely missed.
Ron was laid to rest during a private family service on January 20, 2016 in his beloved Jacksonville Historic Cemetery.
Please look for an announcement for a Celebration of Life, to be held at a later date.