Yesterday, I received the sad news that Founding Brand Partner, Ragon Moore, passed away. It was only recently that he had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, so I was shocked when I heard the news from his wife, Jackie.
Ragon will be remembered, not for how he died, but for how he lived. I can honestly say Ragon Moore loved his God, loved his family, and loved his country. His entire life revolved around those 3 things, and in that order.
Sure, he was a teacher, coach, and a businessman, but those were just things he did. He was first and foremost, a Christian, a husband, a father, a son, a brother, and an American!
I consider Ragon to be one of the most successful people I have ever known. Not because he made the most money. But because he understood who he was, what God had put him on the earth to do, and he relentlessly pursued it.
It was a Monday night in early November 1996 when I met Ragon. I remember it like it was yesterday. My father and I finished a meeting in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Ragon attended that event and sat near the back taking notes (he did that a lot). We decided to grab a bite to eat after the meeting and ended up @ a Braum’s.
It was over burgers, fries, and ice cream that we discussed launching a new company. Ragon patiently explained his idea and why he felt it would work. He was intelligent, passionate, and direct. That night in our hotel, Dad and I continued to discuss this new opportunity, which made sleeping difficult.
We continued to meet and by the end of that week, we had formed a new company called, ForMor International. We were going to stand for more health, for more wealth, and for more people!
We enjoyed a lot of success over the years. Regardless of how well we did as a company, or how much money he made personally, Ragon remained dedicated to his God, to his family, and to his country.
Ragon would always schedule his trips in order to be home on Sunday morning so he could take his family to 1st Baptist Church in Cushing, Oklahoma. And, he always was there to cheer for Ryan and Amanda whenever they had a game or a school activity.
He took the excess money and built a huge addition to their home so the other kids always had a place to come and hang out. The Moore’s traveled all over the United States in his large conversion van.
When they were older, he was able to put his kids through college and help them get started on the right foot. But, more than money, his greatest gift to his family was himself.
Ragon was one of the most genuine, caring, and devoted men I have ever had the honor of knowing. I have a great deal of respect for Ragon. He was a product of the American dream. And it was his dream that others experience that freedom too.
I truly believe Ragon left this world with only 2 regrets, that he left Jackie behind and that he would not be there to see Ryan and Amanda continue to grow. However, the faith that burned deep within gave him the confidence to know that his separation from them would be for but a short time.
Ragon had run a good race and could look forward to Jesus, his Lord and Saviour saying, “WELL DONE, thy good and faithful servant. Enter into my rest.”
Rest in peace Ragon, we are forever in your debt!!!