Dorean “Dori” E. Moore, just short of 91 years, passed away peacefully on May 28, 2022 at her cherished beach home nestled in Capitola Village. Dorean was born in San Jose, CA on June 3, 1931 to Leo and Cecelia Simoni, both natives to San Jose, whose parents immigrated from Luca, Italy. Dorean enjoyed a full childhood attending Norte Dame High School, then graduating and beginning her college career at Dominican College, but ultimately graduating with a degree in Fine Arts from San Jose State University where she met her future husband Don Moore.
It was not long after meeting Don, the two were married on June 14, 1952 and began their life together spending year one managing Don’s Cowboy Lodge, Levitt Meadows, at the base of the Sonora Pass. Knowing their fist son, Jeffery, was on the way, Don and Dorean moved to a small bungalow style home on Beachwood Drive, San Jose. Don went to work for Leo at Simoni’s Home Furnishings on 2nd Street in San Jose as Dorean prepared their home for Jeff’s arrival on June 11, 1953. Shortly after, Dorean gave birth to their second son, David, on April 17, 1955. Dorean cherished motherhood while remaining a full time mom raising her two sons. The four moved from San Jose in 1963 to the family summer home on the banks of the San Lorenzo River on Huckleberry Island in Brookdale, CA. Don and “Dori” opened Donald H. Moore Interiors on Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz which became a premier furniture business for years to come before Don began his career in Real Estate. Dorean cherished her time at home raising her two son’s, Jeff and David, while spending countless hours attending to the family needs making their house a magical home. During the early years Dorean was active with Children’s Home Society, enjoyed rounds of golf and assisted Don with her distinctive design creativity but always made certain she was home when her son’s returned from school. As time marched on and her son’s married, Don and Dori moved to Palm Springs then designed and built their home in Imperial Beach, CA. Dori enjoyed her morning walks, workouts, tennis and creating exquisite water color paintings while Don fished, but both had a keen eye for investing in real estate which added to their success. Dorean and Don moved from Imperial Beach to Dorean’s most loved home in Capitola to live out the balance of her life. The two actively transformed the historic Capitola Village Victorian into an exquisite example of their impeccable design flair. Dori continued her daily beach walks, workouts and sitting in the second story front room over looking the Pacific. The family gathered often during Dorean’s lifetime with her son’s and grandchildren, Kirsten, Jennifer and Sarah who later added, to Dori’s delight, her great grandchildren Olivia, Parker, Starling and Layla. Beach time with the children, preparing sumptuous dinners for all to enjoy and surrounding herself with her loving family was truly Dorean’s greatest love. Our dear mothers last years were difficult as she succumbed to a severe stroke but in Dorean’s unchangeable style she rose to the occasion and never complained making certain her family was not burdened always making visits beautiful. Dorean’s eccentric spirit, zest for life and love of family and friends will never be forgotten and her passing marks an era in time that will shape future generations. We will miss Dorean and Don very much but their lives together creating endless memories of near 70 years married will live on for years to come. With great love we say “Farewell” to our dear Dori! She will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband Don in a private ceremony at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery in Santa Clara. A kind act of charity can be made in her memory to either St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.
Vol. 38, No. 24 - Thursday, June 16, 2022