Jonathan Anthony "Jon" Moak

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Jonathan Anthony “Jon” Moak, who grew up in Malibu, was killed Jan. 12 in a skateboarding accident in Phoenix. He was 29.

Moak was born in Santa Monica on Nov. 29, 1978. He grew up in Malibu with his family, and attended Our Lady of Malibu School, Malibu Park Junior High School and Olympic High School. At the time of his death, he was attending the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Phoenix, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. He was an honor student and was named “Tech of the Year.” Moak was to graduate in June.

Action sports were his passion-enjoying skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing and motocross. Moak was skateboarding when he took a fall that ultimately killed him. He sustained massive head injuries and succumbed to his injuries. Moak was not wearing a helmet, and his life may have been spared if he had been wearing one.

Moak’s family wrote in an e-mail to The Malibu Times, “Tell the ones you love that HELMETS SAVE LIVES.”

Moak is survived by his mother, Margaret Sanchez Herron of Malibu; sister Barbara Herron Rae and her husband Darrell Rae; brother Dale Herron and his wife Genoveva Herron; brother Steven Moak and his fiancé Brianne; brother Jeff Moak and his wife Leah Moak and brother Greg Moak.

He is also survived by his extended family members, his girlfriend Amy Corrodi; his uncle Robert Sanchez; his nephews Lyon Herron, Harper Rae and Mason Moak and his nieces Izabella Herron, Cami Herron, Sofi Herron, Ashley Corrodi-Moak and Gianna Moak. He has numerous other uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. Along with immediate family, special friends, Terry Perry, Ben Garron, Prarie Pritchett and Marc Francke were at Moak’s bedside vigil at the end of his life.

There will be a memorial service for Moak on Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Malibu Church, located at 3625 S. Winter Canyon Rd. Also, there will be a paddle-out at Zuma Beach Tower 9 on Jan. 27 at 8 a.m., followed by a celebration of Moak’s life at his mother’s Malibu home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Trauma Brain Injury Foundation, or TBI Foundation, on behalf of Jon Moak or the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation on behalf of Lyon Herron, Moak’s nephew.