Thurman Devine Moyers was the son of Joseph Wesley Moyers and Elizabeth Jane Eastridge. Thurman went to Califonia in 1913 initially taking a job with a construction company digging ditches for San Joaquin, CA first water and then sewer lines. In 1915 he started a transportation service with an old Model T which grew into a bus service which was to be his life's work until his retirement in 1955. Thurman's son Baysel took over the family business at that time.
Thurman was also a member of Las Palmas Masonic Lodge No. 366 and served as its Master in 1945. Originally he purchased 5 acres of land on the south side of Clinton Ave. between Angus and Orchard to build a terminal for his stage lines. Instead of building a terminal, he offered the 5 acres to all of the Lodges in Fresno for the purpose of constructing one multi-lodge temple. The Lodges were given 1 year to “break ground” and when this did not happen, he gave the east 2 ½ acres to Las Palmas Lodge with the same 1 year requirement. Ground was broken within the year and Las Palmas Lodge first occupied the new Temple in January of 1961.
In addition to providing the land, he provided much time and money for the construction of the Las Palmas Masonic Temple. He was coroneted a 33º Scottish Rite Mason in 1961. In the spring of 1979 a Scottish Rite class was named for him. He and his wife were very active in Eastern Starr where they held state wide offices.
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