Steven Moore, director of NGPA, killed as plane crashes in Colorado

Tue. October 28, 2014 9:07 AM by News Staff

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Friends and colleagues remember Steven Moore

Boulder, Colo. - Steven Moore, the Executive Director of the National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA), was killed Monday when the single-engine plane he was flying crashed after taking off from Boulder Municipal Airport.

"It is with greatest sadness that we must announce the loss of a treasured member of our NGPA family," Scott Shatzer, NGPA chairman, said in a statement released on Facebook. "Our Executive Director, and valiant crusader for the NGPA cause, Steven Moore, passed away this morning while flying his beloved Mooney in Colorado. Steven, we love you, we will miss you, and we will be forever indebted to you for all of the passion you put into your work with NGPA."

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash, which took place around 7:40 a.m. An NTSB official said the plane was a Mooney M20E.

A resident of Westminster, Colo., Moore, 35, was from Crown Point, Ind. He moved to Colorado about two years ago after living in Chicago, where he nurtured many close friendships. 

"It didn't matter if he was thousands of miles away, you would always be his friend," said Tommy Holl, who knew Moore when he moved to Chicago from Texas. "You can be friends with everyone, but Steven truly connected with everyone. He lived his life with such honesty and integrity."  

Moore was employed as a First Officer for ExpressJet, a regional airline that operates as American Eagle, Delta Connection, and United Express.

He is survived by his fiancé, Nathan Samek, 29.

The NGPA is sending a letter in which the group writes "we love you, we will miss you," reminding members of Moore's passion for ensuring all feel welcome in aviation.

"He left this earth tragically doing something he loved," said Holl. "He had a passion for everything he did. That's why he'll never be forgotten."

Friends and colleagues have established a Steven Moore Memorial Page on Facebook. 

Related: PASSAGES Former Chicagoan Steven Moore dies (Windy City Times)