Brett was born on October 22, 1969 to Lorne and Carol Moats in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended school in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. During his elementary years, he participated in basketball, Cub Scouts, and music by playing the piano and organ for the Nazarene Church, the Lee’s Summit Methodist Church and area nursing homes. His high school years found him active in Symphonic Band, The Sounds of Now and Then Choir, Men’s Choir, Marching Band, Jazz Band and was on the Honor Roll graduating from Lee’s Summit High School in 1988. He attended University of Central Missouri (formerly Central Missouri State University) in Warrensburg, Missouri. While attending there, he worked in the offices as an Office Coordinator, was a Student Ambassador, a Teacher’s Assistant, a member of the Jazz Band, a cheerleader and also performed as Mo the Mule, the school mascot. He graduated in 1992 having earned his Bachelor of Education. The following year he received his Master of Science in Business Administration. He later received his Master of Psychology. After graduation, Brett moved to Chicago working for several years at Arthur Anderson & CO, SC. as the Conduct Coordinator before returning to The University of Central Missouri as the school’s Activity Manager. He moved to Dallas, TX working for the Lennox Company where he met Maria Castañón.
Brett and Maria were married on December 29, 2004. In 2006, they welcomed Quinton Alan Moats to the family and Alayna Shae Moats in 2010. As Maria’s career progressed, the family moved from TX to the NY area. During the past 12 years, Brett dedicated his life to raising their children and applying his construction skills to renovating their various homes.
Brett is preceded in death by his father, Lorne Moats. He is survived by his wife, Maria Castañón Moats; his two children, Quinton Alan Moats and Alayna Shae Moats; his mother, Carol Moats; his sister, Valerie Sherley (John Sherley); niece, Jessica Fisher; and nephews, John Sherley and Brian Sherley.
Visitation will be held at Langsford Funeral Home, Friday, April 13, 2018 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. with Memorial Service immediately following. Internment will then be held at Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lee’s Summit Music Parents c/o Lee’s Summit High School, 400 SE Blue Parkway, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063.