Reed-Culver Funeral Home

117 West Delaware Street, Tahlequah, OK


David "Punk" Moore Sr

October 19, 1946July 24, 2019

Funeral services for David “Punk” Moore, Sr. will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Tahlequah on Monday, July 29th, 2019 at 2:00pm with Pastor Royce Wittman and Pastor Dwain Denny officiating. Punk will be laid to rest at Tahlequah City Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 3:00pm until 6:00pm at Reed Culver Funeral Home. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.reedculver.com Pallbearers include Bart Frank, Randy Underwood, Francis Wheeler Jr., Richard Wheeler, Scott Morgan, Greg Whiteley, Pat McGrew, Brian Thompson, Kevin Raley, and Chris Wallace. Honorary pallbearers will be Eugene Nottingham, John Osburn, Dean Harless, Jerry Stratton, John Nichol, Jay Young, Larry Crisco, Mike Wonderly, Paul Hartzel, Joe Ragsdale, Buck George, Andy Cunningham, Mark Dobbins, Connie Cypert, JC Stubbs, Phil Angieri, Mitch McGehee, Robert Cox, LD Bains, Tony Knight, and Zak Helmerich.

He was born on October 19, 1946 in Chamberlain, South Dakota, to Edwin S. and Sallie (Beaver) Moore. After his birth, he was handed into his mother’s arms by a Catholic nurse who was excited by his brown, round, fat face and gleefully exclaimed, “he looks just like a little pumpkin.” Ever since, family and friends have called him “Punk”.

He attended Tahlequah Public Schools and was a proud graduate of the Class of 1964. Punk later graduated Fort Scott Community College (1966), he earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northeastern State University (1969) and Masters in Education from NSU (1974). He was a lifelong Tahlequah Tiger, Fort Scott Greyhound and NSU Redman.

He was active in multiple sports, lettering nine times at Tahlequah High and played quarterback at high school and collegiate level. This would lead to a lifetime passion for sports and education. Punk took this passion further and became a beloved teacher and coach. He began his coaching career at Tahlequah Public Schools, before moving to Broken Arrow, Bixby, Tulsa Hale, Tulsa Rogers and eventually capping a 38 year career at Catoosa Public Schools. He served as an assistant football coach, head football coach, basketball, track, wrestling and golf coach.

Punk was known for his defensive coaching skills and while he was a man of few words on the sidelines – he could communicate a book to his players through a single look.

Early in life, he showed a desire to emulate his uncles Kenneth Moore and Glenn Moore, brothers Ed Moore and William “Buddy” Moore, and his cousins Perry Beaver and Blue Gaither. All of who were successful coaches. In addition to coaching, he refereed many basketball games throughout northeast Oklahoma.

Punk also enjoyed teaching History, American Civics, Oklahoma History, Psychology, Sociology and current events. Many former students have commented how much they enjoyed his class and teaching techniques.

On October 17, 1974, Punk would go on a blind date with Jean (Tincher) Moore and two years later, they were married on October 16, 1976, leading to almost 43 years of memories. Jean supported his career in every way a coach’s wife could. Moving to cities when the job called for it, attending every football game he coached and would make her support known throughout the stands by her vivacious yells. Jean knew little of how the game was played in the beginning and Punk was soon bringing home game footage to teach Jean the finer points of the game.

Punk was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005, the Fort Scott Hall of Fame in 2007 and he served as the Oklahoma Coaches Association Region 7 Representative from 1988-1990. Punk traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii in ’91 with a team of Oklahoma players competing in the Sooner Stampede. Punk also went to the Shrine Bowl in Tulsa in 1987 and Oil Bowl in 1991, earning him the award of All-State Bowl Coach in 2001. He coached the Semi-pro Oklahoma Outlaw Football team in 1984. Twenty-seven years ago, Punk organized the first Doyle Green Golf Tournament and scholarship to benefit Tahlequah Athletics and that tournament still goes on today.

He was a proud citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation and a fifty-year member of the Oklahoma Coaches Association.

On Wednesday, July 24, 2019, David “Punk” Glenn Moore, Sr., at the age of 72, left this field of play to be with his Lord. He will be missed by all that had the privilege to meet him.

He is survived by his wife, Jean (Tincher) Moore of the home; four children: David G. Moore, Jr. of Tulsa, OK, Kim (Moore) Broadhurst and husband David of Broken Arrow, OK, Lance Kaufman and wife Cheri of Spring Hill, TN and Meredith (Moore) Hall and husband Brett of Broken Arrow, OK, two brothers, Ed Moore, Sr. and wife Linda of Jenks, OK, William “Buddy” Moore and wife Berniece and one sister, Kelly (Moore) Wilson and husband John of Albuquerque, NM. His memory lives on through his eight grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving and supportive parents.

Punk cherished his family and encouraged strong family bonds. He developed lasting and deep friendships throughout his life with friends, fellow coaches and players. He was a son, brother, uncle, husband, Dad and Little Papa.


  • Bart Frank
  • Randy Underwood
  • Francis Wheeler Jr
  • Richard Wheeler
  • Scott Morgan
  • Greg Whiteley
  • Pat McGrew
  • Brian Thompson
  • Kevin Raley
  • Chris Wallace
  • Eugene Nottingham, Honorary
  • John Osburn, Honorary
  • Dean Harless, Honorary
  • Jerry Stratton, Honorary
  • John Nichol, Honorary
  • Jay Young, Honorary
  • Larry Crisco, Honorary
  • Mike Wonderly, Honorary
  • Paul Hartzel, Honorary
  • Joe Ragsdale, Honorary
  • Buck George, Honorary
  • Andy Cunningham, Honorary
  • Mark Dobbins, Honorary
  • Connie Cypert, Honorary
  • JC Stubbs, Honorary
  • Phil Angieri, Honorary
  • Mitch McGehee, Honorary
  • Robert Cox, Honorary
  • LD Bains, Honorary
  • Tony Knight, Honorary
  • Zak Helmerich, Honorary


  • Visitation Sunday, July 28, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 29, 2019


David "Punk" Moore Sr

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Cheryl Leatherman Musgrove

August 5, 2019

My dearest Jean and Meredith I’m so sorry to send this message so late. I only heard of David’s passing on Friday. I have spent this weekend praying for your peace and comfort, and remembering so much of the time we had together. Those years were some of the best in my life! Tim loved David as we all did. I have laughed and cried these past few days, I pray for you all!
Cheryl Musgrove

Ken Mayer

July 31, 2019

I am sorry to hear of the loss of David. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

No words will ease your pain but you remain in my thoughts and prayers at this time of sorrow.

Ken Mayer

Cheryl (Ben) Hamby

July 29, 2019

Thinking of this precious coach, teacher, and friend as you lay him to rest. My deepest condolences to the family. I loved his smile; he had lots to smile about. 💕💕

Gary Sanders

July 29, 2019

Thoughts and prayers for the entire Moore family.

Coach Moore had a large impact on my life while at Hale. I’m very sorry to hear of his passing and regret that I haven’t seen him in far too many years. I also regret to miss his services today as I heard the news too late to re-arrange my business travel.

I definitely received “the look” more times than I can count but have nothing but fond memories of Coach. He was an excellent defensive mind and his astute teaching of the game provided me the confidence to continue my football career in college.

Condolences and love from the Sanders Family in Austin, Texas.

Revelation‬ ‭21:3-5‬

Charles Wilson

July 28, 2019

Mrs. Moore and Family, Please accept my deepest Sympathies. One the things I will always remember about Punk was his sense of humor, his smile, and his laughter and boy did he have Big Contagious Smile and Laughter, that I'm visualizing as I type this message. I know he had a positive impact on the lives hundreds of young men and women that he taught and coached. I hope, somehow, this brings some comfort to your family knowing that hundreds of us lost a Friend as well. R.I.P. Punk.

Waleah Turner

July 28, 2019

Kelley so sorry about the loss of your brother.

Scott Patrick

July 28, 2019

Coach Moore,

You made us laugh. You were a generally caring person who made sure that everyone was treated well. You were there when we all needed someone to talk to. You will be missed. Take care and rest in peace.

Clay Martin

July 28, 2019

Mrs. Moore and Family,

Very sad to hear about Coach's passing. I was one of the many he impacted at Hale and am very thankful for all of the time and energy that he (and your family) gave us. He was a calming presence who taught us how to keep grinding as well as the value of relationships. Thinking of your family during this difficult time.

Clay Martin

Paul Hartsel

July 27, 2019

After graduating high school, I entered Fort Scott Jr. College on a football scholarship. That's where I met David. Immediately we became friends and our friendship lasted our entire life. We had so many good times together. I will miss him. Rest in Peace, "Big Indian", I will never forget you.

Eric Lusk

July 27, 2019

Coach Moore was always fun to be around, whether for football or class. His Native American studies class was one of my favorite classes during high school.