Snorkel Founder Art Moore Dies

Snorkel Founder Art Moore
Snorkel founder Art Moore with his wife Sue

June 20, 2019 - Access industry pioneer Art Moore, the founder of Snorkel and a current board member, died June 19, 2019. He was 94.

Known for his drive and determination, Art's innovative career has left a lasting impact on the global work-at-height industry. His imaginative designs and pursuit for quality helped to shape the industry in its infancy and set standards still followed to present day. 

Developing 17 industry-defining models in less than a decade, Art built the foundation for Snorkel, which is now a global manufacturer of aerial lifts. He was probably most well-known for the Snorkel TB-42 telescopic boom which became a standard in the industry for many years, as well as the introduction of the first “big boom,” which reached 126 ft. His vision will continue to influence the company he started 60 years ago and the industry he changed for the better with his innovations. 

Over the years, Art’s industry contributions have been recognized with honors like the International Awards for Powered Access Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 and induction into the American Rental Association’s Hall of Fame in 2017. Following the acquisition of Snorkel by Don Ahern in October 2013, Art became a Snorkel board member providing his global insight and product knowledge.

“For many years, Art Moore was a mentor to myself and others in the early years of the access rental and dealership business, and he ultimately became a close friend,” Ahern says. “He will be a great miss to Snorkel and the wider industry, and I send my sincere condolences to Sue and family at this difficult time.”  

Art's legacy extends beyond his achievements in the access industry. He lived for adventure, traveling around the globe and never shying away from adrenaline with friends and family by his side.

Art is survived by his loving wife, Sue, and his daughter, Melissa Moore and husband Aaron Snyder; son, Arthur Jr.; daughter, Kristyn Sanders; stepdaughter, Lourenda Block; and grandchildren, Zen Moore, Aubrey and Ainsley Sanders.

Visitation will be held on June 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Meierhoffer Funeral Home in St. Joseph, Missouri. A service will be held on June 28 at 10 a.m., followed by a burial in the Memorial Lawn. An event to celebrate his life will take place at Snorkel’s Elwood, Kansas, facility at 12 p.m. on June 28.  

For more information, visit www.snorkellifts.com.