Former East Hampton resident David Lee Souza-Moffett of Palmer, Alaska, died on March 8 in Anchorage after a fall from the third story of a building. He was 22.
Known to his family and friends as “DJ,” he was an energetic young man who loved to ride motocross, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles. Though small in stature, he showed no fear and was considered a daredevil. His fierce energy was evident when he raced, and resulted in him becoming one of the top motocross riders in the state of Alaska.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, he lived in East Hampton until 1999 when he moved to Alaska with his father, David Moffett. He worked with his dad in construction for J&M Homes and enjoyed fishing with his father and friends.
“He was a dependable and hard worker,” his father said last week, “and a joy to be around.”
In addition to his father, he is survived by his mother, Kahealani Souza; a sister, Alana DeDona; and a brother, Noah DeDona, all of East Hampton. He is also survived by a paternal grandmother, Rosaline Moffett of Alaska; maternal grandparents Leota and John Philip Souza of Hawaii; four uncles, Stephen Moffett of Alaska, John Philip Jr., Kamakani and Nathan Souza, all of Hawaii; two aunts, Kanoe Rodrigues of New Mexico and Garla Roy of Hawaii; a nephew, Max Newhouse; and eight cousins, Kauilani, Kanoelani, Keonelani, Keane, Kalena, Kana, Trey and Kylle, all of Hawaii.
A celebration of his life was held on March 13 at Lazy Mountain Bible Church in Palmer, with a family friend, “Uncle” Mitchell Balutski, officiating. The family plans to scatter his ashes in Alaska and Hawaii at a later date.
In order to help raise money toward the trip to scatter ashes, friends of the family have scheduled a benefit on April 19 at the Springs Fire Department. Further details will be announced in a future edition of The Press.
In lieu of flowers, donations to aid the family’s memorial trip sent to 27 Harbor View Drive, East Hampton, NY 11937, would be appreciated by the family.