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Don Moss “in the waning moments of his life”

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015

* From Vickie Kean…

It’s with a heavy heart that I inform you that Don is in the final stages in his battle with a virus that has overwhelmed his body. He is now receiving palliative care in the hospital with the love and support of Naydene and his daughters. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family and I’m sure yours would be most welcome.

Despite these most difficult times Don has expressed his concern that the battles we have long fought not be set aside. I will continue to do my best to carry on Don’s legacy in advocating for people with disabilities and representing those agencies who serve them.

While Don is in the waning moments of his life, he will long remain with us in our hearts.

The man is a tenacious legend in these parts. His loss will be incalculable.

Don isn’t accepting visitors, but Vickie says if folks want to send cards or notes they can mail them to his office: 310 East Adams, Springfield, IL 62701.

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  1. - Aldyth - Tuesday, Apr 28, 15 @ 9:41 am:

    Godspeed, Don. You have made a difference.

  2. - facts are stubborn things - Tuesday, Apr 28, 15 @ 9:43 am:

    thoughts and prayers to him and his family

  3. - Norseman - Tuesday, Apr 28, 15 @ 9:45 am:

    So sorry to hear that. Another Capitol legend.

  4. - Give Me A Break - Tuesday, Apr 28, 15 @ 9:47 am:

    Prayers to Don, Naydene and Vickie.

    Don is a legend whose work in the field of human services has improved the lives of those with disabilities.

  5. - Linus - Tuesday, Apr 28, 15 @ 10:20 am:

    Don has always been a fierce defender of human services. As others have said: Thoughts and prayers for him & his loved ones.

  6. - A guy - Tuesday, Apr 28, 15 @ 10:31 am:

    A gentleman in every sense of the word. Prayers and Peace Don. Your legacy is secure. If ever a guy completed a race and ran hard through the tape it was you. Peace.

  7. - Just Curious - Tuesday, Apr 28, 15 @ 11:23 am:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Don, Naydene and Vickie. Don Moss is a very special and nice gentleman.

  8. - Capitol View - Tuesday, Apr 28, 15 @ 11:23 am:

    I’ve seen Don fight and win many battles in Springfield — I’m not giving up on him now.

  9. - Steve Brown - Tuesday, Apr 28, 15 @ 11:37 am:

    Don is a first class person in every way possible. Many have learned a lot from his skilled ability to explain complex topics in plain language
    We pray Don and his family are given the strength to make through this tough times.

  10. - Amalia - Tuesday, Apr 28, 15 @ 12:55 pm:

    Prayers for Don and his family in this very tough time. A great legacy of work.

  11. - Boone's is Back - Tuesday, Apr 28, 15 @ 1:16 pm:

    Keeping Don and his family in my thoughts and prayers

  12. - Kate (Moss) Glinsmann - Tuesday, Apr 28, 15 @ 3:14 pm:

    The Moss family thanks everyone for their kind words, thoughts and prayers. We are surrounding Dad in our love during these last days.

  13. - BobO - Tuesday, Apr 28, 15 @ 3:30 pm:

    A legend 30+ years ago when I started and even more so today. Taught me a lot about Illinois and its politics, both good and bad!

  14. - Amber Smock - Tuesday, Apr 28, 15 @ 5:43 pm:

    I have much appreciated the opportunity to work with Don on issues related to community living for people with developmental disabilities. A mainstay. I just saw him this February at the human services budget briefing. Tough and committed. Thinking of Don and his family and colleagues.

  15. - Illinoian - Tuesday, Apr 28, 15 @ 6:37 pm:

    Many years ago, I was new to lobbying, and a woman to boot, several kind gentlemen give me guidance and accepted me as an equal. They were Don Moss, Dick Lockhart and Bud Kelley. I don’t think I ever thanked them for their support. Don, thank you for helping me and helping an untold number of individuals with developmental disabilities over many years.

    They don’t make them like they used to. Godspeed.

  16. - Scott Moss - Tuesday, Apr 28, 15 @ 7:23 pm:

    My memories of my Uncle Don are from many years ago. It was clear that he loves his daughters more than anything in the world. During the summer I lived with hi in the 1970’s, he was always, fun, warm, and energetic!

  17. - SamHall - Tuesday, Apr 28, 15 @ 8:29 pm:

    Don is a tough fighter and I pray that he wins this one.

  18. - steve schnorf - Tuesday, Apr 28, 15 @ 10:01 pm:

    I met Don 45 years ago, and have worked with him ever since, as recently as a month ago. Every cause should be so fortunate to have an advocate of Don’s caliber.

  19. - A Friend - Wednesday, Apr 29, 15 @ 10:18 am:

    Thoughts and prayers for Don and his family. He was a wonderful advocate for the DD population.

  20. - Carol - Wednesday, Apr 29, 15 @ 2:23 pm:

    Don leaves this world much better off than he found it. He was the BEST in his business!

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