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DEER PARK, Wash. -

Family and friends are remembering the life of the pilot who died in a plane crash north of Deer Park.

George Bell,79,  was a long-time pilot, flying for 50 years. His family says he was born to fly and he was building an airplane in his garage.

Georgia Vallejo is one of his daughters. She says it’s been hard for his family.

“He was so full of life,” she says. “He was someone who had lots of plans and it was such a shock to know that he was gone. It still feels like he's out fishing. Just last night, putting dinner away, I started to make him a plate for when he came in from fishing because he wasn't there. I just forgot.”

A man who loved the outdoors, he shared his love for flying with his family. She and her sisters flew cross-country often growing up.

“A lot of his grandkids got to fly the plane once it was up, just for a minute, hold the controls.”

He celebrated his 58th anniversary with his wife Patti in August. He has five daughters, 18 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

“I always knew I could count on my dad you know. I’m grown up. I have seven kids. He’s still my dad. If I had a problem, he could take care of it.

He also loved to give, volunteering at the Valley food pantry.

“My dad put people first all the time. Not stuff, not activities, not recognition - everyone was first.”

During these difficult times, Georgia says she’s grateful to have her family beside her.

“If there was one thing he would say, get closer because I’m gone. Take care of each other. Make sure you're there for each other.”

 His family says in lieu of flowers, send donations to the Valley Food Pantry, because that’s what he would’ve wanted. A service is schedule for October 11 at the Abundant Life Fellowship in Chewelah. 

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