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Jeremiah Jensen ReportingPeople are feeling the loss today of Justin Skaggs---a receiver and linebacker for Utah's Arena Football team, Utah Blaze. He died Friday, just one day after emergency brain surgery.
Skaggs had recently been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.
More than 300 family members, friends, teammates and fans gathered at EnergySolutions Arena this morning to pay tribute to the 28-year-old.
He was eulogized by teammate Hans Olsen, his father Dave and Blaze head coach Danny White.
Olsen said, "You see Justin, he was, Justin was the kind of guy that we all want to be. Justin was the kind of guy that you want your sons to be around. He's the kind of guy that, he's the kind of guy that I hope my daughter ends up with. He's that kind of guy. And he's the kind of guy that you could sit by and have an in-depth conversation and come out smarter, come out more spiritual, and come out with a better understanding of life, and that was Justin."
Justin's dad Dave said, "It's the kind of guy that a lot of people wish they could be. He even fed that back to me as a father. I would like to be like him, you know? A lot of people want to be like their dad but he was so huge, that I'd like to be like him."
According to team mates no one on the team was more respected, and he will be remembered for his work ethic and passion. Not only for football, but for his family.
Justin leaves behind a wife and two young children, but his memory will continue to inspire those who knew him.
You can also donate to the Justin Skaggs Memorial Account at any Zions Bank.