Donald E. Moe of Burnsville, Minnesota | 1933 - 2020 | Obituary
Saturday, May 09, 2020
December 03, 1933 - April 28, 2020
Donald Everett Moe Life Story
Funeral service will be held at White Funeral Home Burnsville, MN. Saturday May 9, 2020 at 11:00 am. The service will be live-streamed through facebook. Livestream video will be available on May 9th at 10:30 AM. Log into Facebook and go to Don Moe's Facebook page.
Donald Moe, age 86 of Burnsville passed away April 28, 2020。 Preceded in death by his parents Berdines (Bert) and Bertha Moe, and granddaughter, Kate Jach; siblings: Norma Conner and Jim Moe。 Survived by wife Delores; children: Karla (Dan) Jach, Kay (Tom) Duffy, Erik (Virginia) Tollefson; grandchildren: Justin, Mitchel, Cole, McKenna, Kayla; also by other loving family and many friends。
Donald Everett Moe was born the second child to Berdines (Bert) Moe and Bertha Johnson Moe on a farm near Madelia, Minnesota. He was one year old when he moved to Mankato, Minnesota. He has an older sister named Norma and a younger brother named James. Early remembrances of his childhood were spending weekends and summer vacations on his grandparents (Elias Johnson and Johanna Moe Johnson) farm near Madelia. As young kids he raised pigeons and went trapping. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his father, brother and uncles. He belonged to the Boy Scouts and went to several summer camps and camping trips and he was a cub master for the Cub Scouts. In the Boy Scouts, he progressed to the level of Life Scout. His interests in hunting and fishing continued into adulthood when he went on many trips to South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado and Montana where he hunted pheasants, deer and elk. He also went on several fishing trips to Alaska where he fished salmon and halibut. (50 LB halibut)
His education consisted of attending elementary, high school, Vocational College (where he studied electronics) and Minnesota State University at Mankato. At the University, he majored in both Mathematics and Business Administration. After college, he joined Remington Rand later renamed Remington Rand Univac, then Univac, Sperry, then Sperry Univac, and Unisys. At these companies, he worked on computer engineering projects in both the Defense and Commercial divisions. Initially, he was a statistician/mathematician where he worked on various mathematical studies for the company. While in this position he became aware of programming and he learned to program from a co-worker and he went on to program several mathematical equations, he was using in his job, on the computer. He became fascinated by programming and transferred into a programming group. He was fortunate to be involved in the infancy of the computer ageand to work on “state of the art” projects in the technical engineering field for customers like: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Air Force. In the company’s defense division his work consisted of the design and development of scientific computer programs used in the guidance of missiles Simulation (SIM), Computerized Training for astronauts (Simulation Checkout and Training System (SCATS), statistical analysis and reduction of satellite telemetry data (Gemini Launch Data System-GLDS), simulation programs and other engineering applications. He worked on the Department of Defense (DOD) classified missile guidance programs involving both Satellite Intercept (THOR-ABLE, DELTA) and Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Launches (TITAN). These programs were involved in the early exploration of space and Soviet intelligence gathering via spy satellites launched from Vandenburg AFB in California and Cape Canaveral in Florida. There were also programs involved in Satellite interception launched from Johnston Island in the Pacific. These programs involved working with major DOD contractors like Lockheed and Government agencies like NASA. He personally developed numerous engineering/scientific programs; logic simulator, reliability analysis, missile guidance simulation, real time telemetry, training simulators and engineering beam stress analysis. In the domestic division he worked on application programs in the education field (Chicago Board of Education) which was one of the first applications of computers in the classrooms for education, application programs for large scale computers, Automated engineering design programs used to logically design (via Boolean equations) new computer architectures, and test programs to verify the functional operation of computers and their peripherals. After several years working as a computer software engineer in the technical field, he advanced to supervisory and management positions at age 29, where he was involved with the design, development and support of computer systems. While in Engineering he also assumed project management roles on large hardware and software projects. In engineering management, he managed thirty professional engineers with the accountability to develop hardware and software programs in support of computer product integration and acceptance. These groups included engineering, system engineering, support engineering, software development (both in application, systems programming and test programming). Provided leadership to professionals (35 engineers) performing systems analysis in support of system definition and design to achieve stated objectives. This group included system analysts, system engineers in the design, development and integration of new DOD systems. Accountable for a group of professionals (30 engineers and programmers) responsible for developing software used in the checkout of major computer systems. This test engineering and simulation software experience included the development of both simulation and test software for both Defense and Commercial hardware configurations. Structured engineering organizations (10-60 professionals) to perform specific charters. This involved manpower planning and establishing working relationships between customers and internal company organizations.
He went into the Program Manager organization when he was responsible for the management of all the Software development programs associated with the Navy business area。 Some of the major programs were Technical and Management Services (TEAMS), Tactical Flag Command Center (TFCC), Dynamic Simulation Subsystem (DSS), Automatic Direction Finding System (ADF), and Improved Tactical Air Operations Center (ITAOC)。 He was the Program Manager for a $50 million dollar Navy project contract for technical engineering and management support。 When he took an early retirement after 34+ years。 He demonstrated management ability on major computer development contracts both from an administrative and technical viewpoint。 One of the most recent was the Program Manager responsibility for a $50 Million government (Navy)。 In program management, he had responsibility for various project/programs。 He developed and used special skills in customer interfacing, business development, teaming negotiations, proposal strategy/negotiations, system analysis, engineering management and program management At Unisys and its predecessors, he traveled over two million miles。 He consulted for several other computer companies after he left Unisys Atlantic Research Corp (ARC), Computer Science Corp (CSC), Marktech, Smart Solutions, Knowledge Management Inc。 (KMI))。 His consulting experience was the following: Therapeutic Immunology Inc (TII)。 A Medical Company- Coordinated requirements (project management) between Medical Doctors, PhDs, management and a software development company to design and develop a state of the art system utilizing artificial intelligence technology/knowledge based systems。 Marktech Group Inc。 - New Business Development for a small medical computer company。 Worked with major primes and other small companies to sell Marktech's expertise and develop teaming agreements and project management functions。 Smart Solutions Inc。 - New Business Development for a computer company involved in developing knowledge based systems utilizing the technologies of Multi-Media, and Information Dissemination。 ARC/CSC- Involved in the development of the technical (primary project responsibility) and cost proposal for a large ($50M) proposal。
He married Delores Mae (Dee) Kramer in 1961 and had three children, Karla, Kay and Erik. As a family they took vacations to National Parks (Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Tetons, and Banff) in the western state, Disney World/land in Florida and California, New England States, Marti Gras in New Orleans and Canada. Don and Dee also traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, Europe(Norway, Germany, Holland, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, England, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Iceland, Canada and Mexico. Don has visited 49 out of the 50 states through work, vacation and his hunting and fishing trips. Hobbies included reading, coin collecting, genealogy, hunting, fishing, golf and following financial investments.
Funeral service will be held at White Funeral Home Burnsville, MN. Saturday May 9, 2020 at 11:00 am. The service will be live-streamed through facebook. Details on the livestream will be available early next week.