Dave Moore first broke onto the national sports scene as a member of a Saskatchewan team which won the Canadian schoolboy curling championship in 1962 and, later as he embarked on a career as a softball umpire, he worked 16 national and international tournaments.
Dave was born in North Battleford in 1945 and, at seven, gets his first experience with a wheat stook. After gaining the first year of experience and a third-place finish at the Canadian schoolboy curling championships in 1961, the team clicked on all cylinders, with Dave, Mike Lukowich, Ed Lukowich and Doug McLeod going undefeated in the national finals at Halifax in 1962.
He curled in the northern men's playoffs nine times but hit the jackpot at a different level when he skipped the Saskatchewan team to victory in the 1993 Canadian postal championships at Trios-Rivieres.
Dave curled third on a rink with Murray Eddy, Nestor Richkun and Bill Postlewaite which had a good run and reached the finals at the 1997 Canadian seniors championships in Thornhill, Ont. The capper on his curling career occurred in 2004 when he and Doug McLeod, as part of the Luckowich team, were inducted into the Saskatchewan Curling Hall of Fame.
After playing baseball with North Battleford Beavers and Saskatoon Commodores and twice playing in the Canadian senior men's softball finals, Dave turned to umpiring and one of his first major assignments was 1980 national men's fast pitch finals in Saskatoon. An early highlight was being assigned to the 1986 ISC world fastpitch championship series at Sioux City, Iowa, where he was one of the two Canadians selected to work.
He was behind the plate when the world women's fast pitch championships were held in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1994.
It was always a special highlight to work in tournaments where Saskatchewan was host province and one of the important assignments was in the 1994 Canadian senior men's fast pitch finals. He was assigned again nationally in 1998 when the Coors Light Slo-pitch nationals were played in Saskatoon. There was a special tribute to Dave's outstanding contribution to softball in Saskatoon when he was given the Darren Lipinski Memorial Award in 1999.
Dave was honoured with two others, Kevin Banman and Kim Prediger, by the City of Saskatoon and, again by Canada Post, for saving the life of a five-year-old in a boating accident at Blackstrap Lake.