Clifford Alexander Moore
July 22, 1989- June 3, 2018
It is with unbearable sadness that we share the news that Cliff lost his life to an accidental overdose in Brooklyn, New York. He was 28 years old.
Survived by his parents Mea and Cliff Moore currently residing in Yakima, Washington and his beloved partner Daniel Brownstone of New York City, Cliffy leaves behind many Aunts, Uncles, cousins, family members and friends.
Born in Orlando, Florida three months premature, from the start of his life Cliffy had a tenacious spirit and beat all of the odds as a tiny preemie. As an infant and toddler he was full of mirth and whimsy and was a bright light in his family. His Grandmother Monica used to say that Cliffy was in a hurry to get here and has been in a hurry ever since. Cliff and Mea saw in their only child a sparkling human being who exhibited a love for life and empathy for others. He had an uncanny ability to read others and was seen by his friends as a connector of people.
Cliff was raised in Pullman, Washington attending Montessori, Sunnyside elementary and Lincoln middle school. When he was 14 the family moved to Olympia, Washington where he was bullied in middle and high school. This lead to anxiety and depression in his adolescent years. These conditions worsened in his young adult life leading him to co-occurring mood and substance abuse disorders. His loving family stood strong together to try to bring their son back to the light.
Cliff graduated from Brooks Institute in Ventura, California with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film Production in 2013. In his professional life he worked in television and video production in Hollywood and in movie production with Warner Brother’s studios.
In 2016 he and his partner Daniel moved to New York City where he worked with EDM Identity as their New York correspondent. His happiest times as an adult were traveling the world with his beloved partner Danny and working with his colleagues at EDM Identity. He was also pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at City University of New York (CUNY) to work with LGBTQ youth as a court advocate.
The outpouring of love and sorrow from across the country demonstrates the positive impact he had on every one he knew and loved. Celebrations of life are being planned in New York City and in Los Angeles for this fall. The dedication of a memorial bench at Sunnyside Park in Pullman will be also be held this fall. If they wish to do so, friends from Pullman can spend a moment with him at Sunnyside Park where Cliffy spent many happy hours as a child.
Celebrations of Cliff’s life are being planned in Pullman WA,Los Angeles and New York City in early October. Cliff’s Family will be sending details to follow.
For parents and young people everywhere it is Cliff and Mea’s wish that our mental health and substance abuse systems work together more effectively to understand and treat co-occurring disorders. As lifelong educators it is their wish that students, parents and schools work together to stop bullying in our schools and in online forums. All students deserve the right to feel safe and accepted in school and it is incumbent upon all of us to change the culture in our schools from one that allows hate, racism and discrimination to one that embraces inclusion, equity and unity. Those who wish to honor Cliff’s life may do so by making a donation to STOMP Out Bullying at