Travis Jason “Big Bear” Moats, Sr., 60, of Warm Springs, Virginia, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2023, at VCU Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.

He was born March 3, 1963, in Hot Springs, Virginia, the son of Virgil Lee Moats and Brenda Darlene Welch Moats.

Jason was employed as a driver with Jack’s Trash Service. “Big Bear” was an excellent mechanic who was able to fix anything. He loved to fish and hunt, and in younger days, he enjoyed riding his motorcycle. He would spend time with his family and friends just talking and visiting. He was a loving father and grandfather.

He is survived by two children, Travis Moats, Jr. & wife Victoria, and Kayla Moats all of Hot Springs; two grandchildren, Payton Moats and Liam Moats both of Hot Springs; two brothers, Todd Moats of Hot Springs, and Troy Moats of Florida; and the mother of his children and former wife, Natalie Moats of Covington, Virginia.

A Celebration of His Life will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 20, 2023, at McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the home of Russ and Trudy Woodzell.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Doris L. Via Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 174, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445.

Arrangements are being handled by McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to


  1. Prayers for the family

  2. So sorry about Jason he was always helpful to my family he will be missed by all

  3. Words cannot always express the hearts true feelings. I will always see in my mind’s eye the little boy you were Jason and then the man you became. It’s so sad to lose another family member. Prayers and love for you all.

  4. I grew up with Jason. He always called me banker because he thought my family had money but we didn’t. I can say he was one of the best friends I ever had! U will be missed my friend.

  5. I was so sorry to learn of Jason’s passing. I pray for peace, comfort, strength and understanding for Jason’s family & friends. He was such a nice guy and will surely be missed.


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