Dennis Hoyes, a husband, father, grandfather, pilot and friend to many died along with five others Monday afternoon. Hoyes was one of the pilots on the transplant team from the University of Michigan coming back to Michigan from Milwaukee with donor organs.
"Dennis loved aviation. He loved everything about it," says John Feldvary, Director of the flight school at Jackson Community College. Hoyes lived in the Jackson area and also taught at the JCC. He kept his own planes and helicopters at the Jackson County airport in the hangar next to Feldvary's.
Hoyes, who once owned several insurance agencies, flew too a corporate airplane for companies in the Jackson area. "Dennis was their chief pilot," says Feldvary.
Hoyes' family released this statement:
The Hoyes family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this difficult time.
We would also like to relay our condolences and prayers to the families of the victims of this tragedy. We share in their grief and pray these families will overcome this terrible loss. We also send out our prayers to the transplant patient and all the Survival Teams that continue to save lives on flight at a time.
Dennis Hoyes was a very giving person. He did not fly because it was his job; to the contrary he had plenty of work to do in other fields. He flew because he used this gift from God to help others. Dennis was a husband, father, grandfather, business owner, pilot and friend to many. He will be dearly missed by the countless lives he touched.