CAL FIRE Airtanker 81 Crash
Dyncorp Pilot
Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt

On October 7th, 2014, Dyncorp Pilot Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt was involved in a fatal crash while flying a CAL FIRE S-2T Airtanker (Tanker 81) over the Dog Rock Fire burning near Yosemite's Arch Rock. “We continue to mourn the tragic loss of Craig,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “We know wildland firefighting is an inherently dangerous job, but Craig made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt was born October 14, 1951 in Richmond, IN. He is survived by his wife, Sally, who he married September, 1975. Hunt served as a US Navy P3 Pilot from 1975-1984 and was in the reserves for 20 years. Hunt earned a masters in Business from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Biochemistry from the University of Santa Cruz, and served as a chemistry teacher in the off season at the University of Santa Cruz. He had a love for flying, golfing, fishing, hiking, bird watching, scuba diving, math/sciences, teaching, and dogs.

"My dad died a hero. There was not a day that went by that I didn't talk to my dad.  He was my best friend" - Sarah Hunt Lauterbach

Memorial Details

Location: Church on the Hill, 500 Sands Dr, San Jose, CA 95125.

Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 10 a.m.

Watch the Live Stream of the Memorial on 10/21/14 at 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time

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