Melvin Max Moore was born October 18, 1930, to Walter and Esther (Wetzel) Moore in Jerauld County, SD. His family moved to the Mitchell area where he attended Betts School, Riverside School and graduated from eighth grade in Hanson County. He attended Fulton High School and graduated from Letcher High School. He entered the US Army in 1952 and served in the Korean War with the 3rd Armored Division. He was discharged in 1954. On December 27, 1952, he married Raeburn Grassel at St. Charles Catholic Church in Artesian. He farmed in Sanborn County until the time of his death.
He was a member of the Artesian Saddle Club, was a 4-H leader for twenty-six years, president of the Sanborn County 4-H Leaders Association and served on the Sanborn County Extension Board. On January 4, 1983, he was chosen WNAX “Farmer of the Day”. He was named the Friend of 4-H in 1985, was Outstanding Contributor to 4-H in Sanborn County in 1995, and in 2007 was elected to the 4-H Hall of Fame. He was a slow pitch coach for the “Artesian A’s”, president of the Sanborn County Pork Producers, was Diana Township treasurer, served on the Sanborn County ASCS Board, was on the planning committee for the Sanborn County Veterans Memorial and was a member of the Mitchell Moose Lodge. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, serving as Commander in 2000, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was recently elected as American Legion District 6 Commander from Sanborn County. He was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He served as a Sanborn County Commissioner, was county chairman several times and was serving his fourth term at the time of his death.
He is survived by his wife Raeburn; nine children: Gordon Moore and wife, Trish of Artesian, Brian Moore and wife, Terry of Artesian, Wayne Moore and wife, Tami of Howard, Mary Marvel and husband, Dave of Huron, Jim Moore of Burke, Nancy Schroeder and husband, Dan of Alexandria, Audrey Spader and husband, Al of Howard, Janice Huber and husband, Don of Alexandria, Susan Neuman and husband, Steve of Brookings; twenty-four grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and two brothers, Howard Moore and wife, Myrna of Artesian and Earl Moore of Colo, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Marg Bechen and two grandchildren.
A Memorial Fund has been established to the South Dakota 4-H Foundation.