One of our own has moved on to the next realm. Ole Pete has a tear in his eye when I tell you Bill Moore, a member of the 1970 New Mexico State men's basketball Final Four team, passed away after fighting that cussed disease, cancer. Moore was young at 58 years of age and young at heart until the end. He was a true Aggie as he worked the land in his hometown of Deming, N.M., after earning his degree. The hearts were heavy in the Lou Henson household when the news reached the coach. He remembered his former guard as a guy you could rely on to get it done.
"Bill was a good player, a great athlete and he was a valuable member of the program during his career," Henson said. "We kept in touch over the years; he was a very good person."
When the Final Four team got together, Moore was the first to open his doors for a chance to catch up with teammates and retell the stories of that Final Four year. The basketball dreams that young men have all came true that year. Moore was just a sophomore on that fabled team and in his first year as a varsity Aggie. Back then there was no freshman eligibility but Moore caught Henson’s eye by averaging double figures on the freshman team. Moore left the scoring up to others but he did wind up with nearly 100 career assists. It was just like Moore, helping others. Two of his teammates made a special trip to see him recently to give him his Final Four ring. Rob Evans and Chito Reyes came back to make sure the ring made it to the man who earned it before he moved on.
Moore was an all-state player at Deming High School and never forgot his roots in the southwest. Henson was looking all over the map for his players then. Sam Lacey was from Mississippi, and Jimmy Collins came from Syracuse, N.Y., but Henson didn’t leave a stone unturned in looking for young men who could play ball and had the right stuff on the inside. Moore remained loyal to the Aggie cause as a member of the booster club and a frequent attendee at home games. His life again proves that there is so much more to our existence than making a living and that is making a life. The chapters of our lives will all play out in this manner some day. We can’t let another minute go by without one more thought about this man who was a true Aggie, Bill Moore.