Durango resident Stuart Shore died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at his home. He was 82.
Known as “Stu,” he was born to Wendell and Gertrude Shore on Oct. 17, 1929, in Los Angeles. His summers were spent at his grandmother’s beach house in Del Mar, Calif., and traveling with her around the U.S. and to South America.
Mr. Shore attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore before graduating from Stanford University in 1952.
After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy. Mr. Shore served in the Amphibious Forces for 3½ years as executive officer on a flagship.
While in the Navy he met Barbara Carman. The couple were married June 18, 1955, in Wauwatosa, Wis.
In 1956, the Shores moved to the Los Angeles area, where Mr. Shore went to work for his father in the honey business for a short time. After his father’s company was bought out by a larger company, Mr. Shore went to work for Pacific Clay Products. When he was made sales manager for San Diego and Imperial counties, the Shores moved back to Del Mar, where they had lived after their marriage.
In 1969, Mr. Shore formed San Juan Pools with a partner. It became one of the largest and most-awarded pool companies in the San Diego area, his family said.
Mr. Shore was also active in the Del Mar community, serving on the Planning Commission for a number of years.
In 1990, he retired, and in 1992, the Shores built a home north of Durango.
During his retirement, Mr. Shore enjoyed skiing, playing duplicate bridge at the Durango-La Plata Senior Center and playing golf at Tamarron and Hillcrest. He volunteered as a Big Brother and spent a lot of time with his grandson Ryan who lived with his mother in Durango.
Mr. Shore said one of the most rewarding things his family did was to host exchange students. They remained in touch with most of them and both entertained them here and visited their homes in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
“Stu will always be remembered for his infectious smile, the ability to laugh at himself and his never-ending sweet tooth,” his family said.
Mr. Shore is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Shore of Durango; children Nancy Whitson of Durango, Stuart “Mike” Shore III of Escondido, Calif., Katharine “KC” Medina of Encinitas, Calif., and Robert “Chip” Shore of Malmö, Sweden; and seven grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 1 Mercado St., Suite 270, Durango, CO 81301; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado, P.O. Box 2154, Durango, CO 81302; or the Women’s Resource Center, 679 East Second Ave., Suite 6, Durango, CO 81301.
No local service is planned at this time. A celebration of life will be held in Del Mar in August 2013.