He leaves behind a young family – a 9-year-old son, Will, a 14 year-old step-son, Harrison and a 20-year-old daughter, Demi.
For Will, a little boy with cerebral palsy, life has changed dramatically. While incredibly smart, his mobility is severly challenged and his father was there to pick him up literally as he worked to his use walker and his wheelchair.
Gerard was walking across Tatum Blvd to the Friday night football game at Scottsdale Christian Academy - a family outing that had become a ritual - when he was struck by an on-coming vehicle. The accident took place immediately in front of the stadium and in full view of many who were attending. That included Marlee, his wife. Will heard the sounds but did not see the accident.
Gerard was passionate about his family, and especially about giving Will the determination and support to fully participate in life - he sat with him through surgeries and physio appointments; he enrolled him in wheelchair basketball, flag football and baseball, and was always there cheering from the sidelines. Recently when Will announced that he wanted to join the ‘regular’ tackle football league, Gerard told Marlee to sign him up! When Marlee pointed out the obvious mobility challenges, G’s response was “let them figure it out.” Limitations were not part of the ‘G’ vocabulary and he didn't want them to be part of Will's.
The Mauvis family moved to Phoenix four years ago and became active participants in many communities, whether is was the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess where Gerard was the Director of Operations, Impact Church, local charities including The Miracle League of Arizona, and MASK(Mother’s Awareness of School Age Kids), or the neighborhood where Gerard ensured Will was just as active and involved as Harrison and the other kids playing outside.
The road ahead for the family is a challenging one on all levels.
We ask your consideration of a donation to a fund being set up for Gerard’s children, Demi, Will and Harrison. You can donate to this GoFundMe page by clicking DONATE NOW on the top right of screen OR a charitable donation to the Mauvis Family through Impact Church by clicking here Mauvis Family Benevolence Fund. All of you mean so much to them and they can't thank you enough for your love and support during this incredibly difficult time.