For many decades, Carrollen and Lee Moore helped dress teams across Douglas County in colorful uniforms. The couple owned Put on Athletics, a Roseburg business that was started in the late 1970s.
They continued to help run the family-owned store until late this year, when Carrollen Moore, 84, died Nov. 8. Her husband Lee Moore, 85, died 10 days later.
The Moores were married for about 65 years, and their grandson John Peckham said they were each others’ one and only.
“Had a fairy tale start and never ended,” Peckham said about his grandparents. “Brought out the best in each other.”
Donna Peckham, the Moores’ daughter, said Carrollen and Lee worked side by side. Both kept diaries.
John Peckham described his grandfather as a very meticulous, thoughtful and intelligent man.
The Moores were well known for providing athletic equipment, jerseys and uniforms for school clubs, sports teams and organizations across the county.
“If you bought anything sporting related from Glendale to Yoncalla and from Diamond Lake to Reedsport, everybody went in that store at some point over 38 years,” Larry Moore, the oldest son, said.
The Moore family moved to Redwood Valley, California, in the 1960s, and after about 10 years there, they traveled around the west in search of a ranch. They settled on 1,200 acres off of Roberts Creek Road near Roseburg, and raised about 1,000 head of cattle at one point.
Lee and Carollen Moore opened their store, which is now located at 1043 N.E. Stephens St., Roseburg, in the late 1970s. They named the business Put On Athletics because they started by putting decals on T-shirts. They soon added athletic equipment to their inventory.
Larry Moore said he learned everything from his parents and was inspired by their honesty, integrity and hard work.
While they worked at the store six days per week, every spare moment was devoted to the ranch, he said.
When they had first bought the ranch, the two of them built or repaired 18 miles of fencing by themselves.
“My dad started from sunrise until it was dark out, and my mom was right out there with him,” he said.
Donna Peckham said her father was good at keeping Roseburg up with the times, and he opened the skateboard department about 20 years ago. The local kids had been getting into trouble from riding their boards on sidewalks and streets, so Lee decided to start the skate park in Stewart Park as well. Over the years, the skate park has hosted contests for kids from all over Oregon, Washington and California.
The Moores were also recognized for their collections. Carrollen Moore had an extensive decorative pig collection with dozens of cabinets full of pigs from around the country and the world in every size, shape and form.
Lee Moore built a large building for their vast collection of carnival glass, vases and jars, which were featured in carnival glass magazines as the largest collection in the nation.
“People came from all over to see their collection,” Larry Moore said.
Carrollen had about 2,000 pieces of her own, which inspired Larry to start collecting carnival glass too. He researched them and eventually could identify every piece’s color and value from 50 feet away.
Carrollen also loved collecting agates at Newport beach on the Oregon coast.
Granddaughter Tricia Radford described Carrollen as funny and stubborn with a good personality, and said she was also a grandmother figure to many community members.
“People would remember me as a kid and say, ‘how’s grandma doing,’ “ she said.
“Every single person that got an opportunity to know her got to see how feisty and fun she is,” Radford said. She added that Carrollen was also there for people. When they were dealing with an issue, they would come sit at her desk to tell her about their situations.
“The customers and the kids agree that they hardly ever walked into the store when mom wasn’t laughing,” Donna Peckham added. “They always came in here and say Carol, you just have way too much fun in here.”
As a mother and wife, she added, Carrollen was always there at her family’s beck ‘in call.
“I don’t know if she knew how much impact she made in people’s lives,” Radford said. “There’s a lot of people that were extremely saddened by her passing. The reach goes farther than I knew about.”
Carrollen also enjoyed playing pranks on her family members.
“Once, we were working the cattle and she came up behind me and buzzed me with the cattle prod. I was almost hanging off the ceiling,” Larry Moore laughed.
One Christmas, Carrollen put a $50 bill in a plastic zippered bag and stuffed it in a jar of mayonnaise before telling the grandchildren there was something in there for them.
Larry Moore said Lee and Carrollen were good parents, who were clean as a whistle, never drank or smoked, and never even got a traffic ticket.
“They were the perfect example and perfect role models for all of us,” John Peckham added. “My grandpa and grandma know more about life and love than any of us!”