On Tuesday, we received some sad news in our Jazz community. Derek Travis, known as @MosesStone1980 on Twitter passed away. Derek leaves behind a wife and three young children.
Twitter family, it is with an extremely heavy heart that i say this.— Mark M (@iwasmmueller88) June 26, 2019
My friend, our good friend, @MosesStone1980 passed away last night.
A go fund me has been set up for his wife and kids.https://t.co/aGJ9IfQMIo
Derek was a great member of our Jazz community on Twitter. He was always positive, he didn’t get into petty arguments, he was always supportive of the team and other Jazz fans.
From his friend Mark Mueller:
Derek was always interested in the Jazz. He was always asking the group of us about players, stats, ways to improve. I think he knew a lot of that stuff but he was just so humble and kind that he wanted to make everyone else feel important before himself.
He always was so upbeat about the Jazz and when there was an awful loss he was frequently there commiserating but also providing a voice of reason and belief in the future of the team.
From our founder Basketball John:
I wish I knew what to say, Mark. This is heartbreaking. It's just been a little over a year since we lost Colby. I'm so sorry to hear this.— Kris (@5kl) June 26, 2019
A few other tweets of condolence:
June 26, 2019
How awful I didn't know him personally, but he was so nice on Twitter. I'm so sorry Mark.— Emily (@Emerantura) June 26, 2019
One of my favorite tweeps How did this happen?— Clint Peterson (@Clintonite33) June 26, 2019
What?? I just talked to him yesterday. I can't believe this...— Geoff Johnston (@geoffjBYU) June 26, 2019
Thanks for sharing. He was a great follow. I’m sorry for his family— Dan (@jazzfandanman) June 26, 2019
I grew up in the same town (Clinton, UT) as Derek and attended all of the same schools as him (and his siblings). His father is one of the greatest religious mentors/leaders my family ever had. Incredible family. Heartbreaking stuff. Thanks for posting this.— Spencer Linton (@Spencer_Linton) June 26, 2019
Please, if you are able, please donate to the fund that was set up for Derek’s family. Derek was the sole provider for his family and with an unexpected death his young family could use the help.