"I'm awfully sorry to hear that," Sloan said. "He certainly knew a lot about basketball. ... He was a fundamentalist guy with a great basketball mind. He will certainly be missed."
After Sloan's first wife, Bobbye, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997, Majerus became a dependable supporter and valued member of her recovery team.
"He always made himself available to her," Sloan said.
Bobbye Sloan died of pancreatic cancer on June 18, 2004.
Former Jazz coach, general manager and team president Frank Layden called Majerus "... a great coach who was very devoted to his mother and his family."
Layden and Majerus always had a passion for fine food. Many times, they shared an expensive meal, in Utah or when Majerus ran into the Jazz on the road.
"He was a very generous guy, by the way," Layden said. "There wasn't a tab he wouldn't pick up and, for anybody who needed help, he was right there."
On the court, Layden called Majerus "a great coach one of the best at preparing his team and preparing his players before a big game. ... He was a hard worker. He always went back to fundamentals. And he just loved basketball. He could sit and talk basketball with you for hours. He was a good man. I'm going to miss him."