James Lewis Moore, who was instrumental in multiple highway and civil engineering projects in Southern California, died peacefully at his home in Newport Beach on Feb. 25, 2021. He was 83.
Known to friends as “Blooney,” he was born on Jan 11, 1938, in Redlands. He was the last of six children of Raymond and Bonnie Moore. He was raised in East Highlands. After attending Redlands High School, he pursued his interest in engineering and math at San Bernardino Valley College.
He began working for the California Division of Highways (predecessor of Caltrans) in 1961, where he worked as a technician in the materials lab and as an engineer. In 1964, he began working for E.L. Yeager Construction Co. as a project engineer.
He held a number of positions in the company including project manager, supervisor of rock crushing and asphalt plants, and an estimator. He became vice president and one of six partners in the company in 1995.
His projects included the Interstate 40 from Barstow to Needles, the Perris Dam, State Route 210 through Highland, the I-5 Northridge Earthquake bridge repair in 1994, the San Joaquin toll roads, the I-210/I-15 interchange, the SR91/I-15 interchange, the Fontana Speedway and the SR91/SR57 interchange.
He donated to many charities and anti-abortion groups, including Life Services of Spokane, Washington.
His daughter, Cynthia Elizabeth Moore, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his former wife of 45 years, Kathleen Lee Moore of Menifee; son Skip Moore and wife Janine of Chattaroy, Washington; daughter Terri Struxness and husband Keith of Menifee; son, Todd Funk and wife Donna of Auckland, New Zealand; sister Lola Rhine of Calimesa; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was a member of Foothill Family Church in Lake Forest, California.
A casual celebration of life will be held at the home of his longtime friend Mike Rodriguez on April 17. Call (951) 906-8447 for information.