Geoffrey Hunt

Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt died on October 7, 2014, honorably defending Yosemite National Park from the Dog Rock Fire. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Sara (Keenan) Hunt; devoted father of Nancy Hunt and Sarah Hunt Lauterbach (Cole); son of S. Jackson Hunt and the later Beverly Hunt.

An air tanker pilot with DynCorp in California that provided firefighting support to Cal Fire, Craig also taught chemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz. A man of the outdoors, he was a former Navy lieutenant commander and had been a firefighting pilot for 13 years. He held a B.S from Wittenberg University, an M.S. in biochemistry from the University of California Santa Cruz, and an MBA from the University of Southern California. Born October 14, 1951, in Richmond, Indiana, he was an Eagle Scout and 1970 Male Athlete of the Year in Western North Carolina, where he attended the Asheville School.

Craig married his college sweetheart, Sally, in 1975 when he was a P3 pilot, and rose to the rank of lieutenant commander. He served in the Navy in an active and reserve capacity for a total of nearly two decades. In addition to firefighting and teaching, Craig loved flying, golfing, fishing, hiking, scuba diving, math and sciences, tutoring, and dogs.

Survivors also include his father, S. Jackson; two brothers, Stuart and Howard Hunt; a sister, Debbie Hunt Danner; and a loving fan club of nieces and nephews.

The loss of Craig will forever leave a hole in the hearts of everyone he touched. He was a loving husband, father, brother, mentor, educator, and to all, he was a friend.

George E. Willett Jr.

George E. Willett Jr.

Submitted by his Wife

Sandy Willett‚ a good man who was loved and respected for who he was and how he lived‚ died on Wednesday‚ September 6‚ 2006‚ while doing a reconnaissance flight for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection over a dangerous area where three fires had erupted in the previous days.

Sandy was born in Fresno‚ California‚ on October 3‚ 1953‚ to George E. Willett‚ Sr. and Dolores Elder Willett. An Eagle Scout and a Police Explorer‚ Sandy also spent most of his summers crop dusting with his father. An avid aviator throughout his life‚ Sandy grew up surrounded by planes and received his pilot’s license at an early age.

‘He was a perfectionist‚’ is how Bob Wolf‚ the president of CDF Firefighters‚ said his colleagues described him. ‘Sandy was methodical. The best firefighters trusted him when the inherently dangerous flights needed to be taken. He understood the risks associated with his job.’

Adventurous‚ caring‚ incredibly friendly‚ reliable‚ and just plain fun‚ Sandy completely embraced life.

He was a policeman who graduated from the College of Sequoias Police Academy in Visalia‚ California. His was with the Lemoore Police Department before transferring to the Santa Barbara Police Department Motorcycle Unit. He was proud to participate in a police escort for then President Ronald Reagan. He transferred to the University Police Department‚ where he worked from 1983-1987.

Sandy could not imagine a life without flying. He went to work for Apollo Airways as a pilot. He relocated to Huron‚ California‚ and joined Willett International Air Racing and became a pilot for Willett Crop Dusting. Sandy saw a lot from the air and began a long love affair with the Westside of the San Joaquin Valley and its rich agricultural heritage. In a search for adventure and far away places‚ Sandy started flying in Columbia‚ South America‚ as part of the Federal drug eradication program.

He then went to work for the California Department of Forestry and DynCorp as an air attack pilot based in the Porterville Air Tactical Base.

No one who ever met Sandy was a stranger. He was respected for his professionalism. He was a great pilot. That’s just a fact. He was also the kind of man whom others loved to be around.

Sandy is survived by his loving wife and best friend for a long time‚ Judy. Sandy leaves behind many beloved friends.