‘That’s what people are for’Jim Munn to retire after 49 years at Moore’s BP
Jim Munn will spend his last day of 49 years at Moore’s BP gas station tomorrow.
Throughout his last week at work the station has had a revolving door of well-wishers coming in to say goodbye to him. They also stop to sign the banners filled with signatures and look through a scrapbook filled with pictures.
“I’ll miss the people, of course,” he said. “They make this place what it is.”
Munn and his wife, Oma, came to Washington in 1961. He started working at the gas station part time four nights a week for three years.
Then the opportunity came up to buy the lease from Standard Oil. Once he had the lease he began a wrecker service.
Munn could tell several stories about whom he has helped out in the community but just shrugs it off.
“That’s what people are for,” he said, “to help others out.”
He owned the business for 34 years. It wasn’t unusual for him to work 90 hours a week. In 2001 his daughter, Anita Moore, and son-in-law, George Moore, bought the business from him.
“I decided I had enough of working seven days a week, 24 hours a day,” he said. “It was like I was getting a vacation when they bought it.”
Munn could have retired but decided to stay on and work. His main reason was because of his customers.
“You meet a lot of good people here,” he said, smiling.
One thing Munn takes pride in is his corner lot where the station sits.
“This is a good corner,” he said. “You see that grass patch over there by the stop sign. I’ve mowed that for 46 years. It makes things look nice when it’s mowed.”
When asked about this past week and people stopping by to wish him well he smiled.
“Sometimes I don’t get enough work done when people stop by to talk to me,” he said.
Munn doesn’t have any big trips planned or any big thing on his bucket list of to-dos once he’s retired. He lives on a 116-acre CRP farm just south of Washington.
“Oh, I’ll probably work out in the yard and do some fishing,” he said.
Once again Munn said he would miss seeing the people he’s interacted with while working at the station.