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Dr. Richard Mercer Moon
(September 28, 1928 - October 9, 2011)


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“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 This was his belief and now all things are “Honkey Dorey” with him as he is with his Lord Jesus Christ healed from his crippled body. Richard Mercer Moon, M.D. passed away October 9, 2011 from complications of Parkinson and Alzheimer. He was born September 26, 1928. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Shirley Jones Moon, son Mark David Moon, two stepsons Wayne Carline and wife Paulette and Jerry G. Floyd. Seven step grandchildren, Trisha Legere and husband James, Steven Carline and wife Emily, Jonathan Carline and wife Dawn, Anita Rosso and Barry, Alayna Carline and Patrick, Jennifer Floyd and Robbie, Jarrid Landry. Eight step great grandchildren, Catherine, Grace Natalie, Ryleigh and Collin Carline, Cydney and James Legere and Dominic Rosso, Aunt Maxine Lynch and many other relatives. He is preceded in death by his parents Ira and Ruth Moon, Son Todd Mercer Moon and former wives Jeanette and Barbara Moon. He was born in Shreveport, La and later moved to Winnfield, La where he attended High School and graduated in 1945. After graduation, he attended Louisiana Tech and went on to join the Navy in 1946. While serving in the Navy, he went to IBM School in Washington D.C. After receiving an honorable discharge, he worked for United Gas Pipeline and International Business Machines. He then attended Centenary Collage in Shreveport where he received his Pre-Med Degree. He attended LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans where he received his Doctor of Medicine Degree. His internship was at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and his residency was at Lafayette Charity in Lafayette. Dr. Moon’s first medical practice was in De Ridder, La and he later moved to Plaquemine in 1960 where he remained until the time of his death. He retired in 2005 due to illness. While in practice, he was a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Board of Family Practice. He served as President of Iberville Parish Medical Society for one year. He also served on the Board of Directors for Rhodes J. Spedale Hospital, River West Medical Center and Heath Care Options. He served as Chief of Staff four times at Rhodes J. Spedale Hospital and River West Medical Center. He served as the Iberville Parish Coroner from 1972-1976 and Deputy Coroner for 15 years. He was the staff doctor for Big Three, Inc., Air Liquid and Texaco, Inc. One of his happiest memories was the 43 years he spent as Team Physician for the Plaquemine High School Football team and his greatest honor was the time he served as Deacon for First Baptist Church in Plaquemine. It was his desire to serve others in his medical practice and his personal life. Visitation will be on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at First Baptist Church, Plaquemine from 9am until religious services at noon. Pastor Keith Horton will conduct the service. Entombment will be at Grace Memorial Park. Special thanks to Verly Polk, Hannah and Cynthia Young and the wonderful staff of Our House for Respite, Lifesource Hospice, Dr. Brian Gremellion, Vanessa and Blair, his nurses, Chaplain Jimmy Womack and everyone who was so kind to him. Heartfelt thanks to his special sitters, Steve and Meme Franklin, helpers Irwin and Molly Henson and Wayne Carline. In Lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to St. Jude Hospital or First Baptist Church, Plaquemine, La.

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