Incline resident Frederick "Rick" Voorhis died in an aviation accident Tuesday, March 28, in San Bernardino County, Calif.Voorhis, who just turned 53, was described as a terrific father, successful businessman and an all-around great guy by friends and family.He was flying in a Cessna Caravan when, for reasons still being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board , the plane crashed. It is speculated that mechanical failure or weather was the cause of the accident.Voorhis, a career pilot, founded and was president of the Van Nuys Flight Center and Pacific Aircraft Sales. He was the top caravan salesperson in 2005.Recently Voorhis had been working with the aviation portion of the Washoe County Sheriffs department. Incline Village substation Cmdr. Gregg Lubbe, who has been involved with the management of the aviation program for the city of Reno and Sparks for many years, said he and Voorhis were planning a flight demonstration of the Cessna Caravan for city personal."Voorhis was a tremendous pilot and flight instructor," Lubbe said of Voorhis, describing the fallen pilot as an "easy-going guy" who had friends and clients of note from around the world."He had lots of interesting stories," Lubbe said. "I always enjoyed speaking with him." John Nugent, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker, said he had been a friend of Voorhis since the two lived in Los Angeles."He was a very very wonderful guy," Nugent said. "He always had a good sense of humor and a positive attitude - just a real great human being who will be missed."Voorhis is survived in his immediate family by his wife of 27 years, Marsha Hunt Voorhis, and one son, Nathan Voorhis, both of Incline Village. Survivors also include his mother, Helen R. Voorhis, of Denver, Colo., his sister, Ginny Holliday, brother-in-law Rick Holliday and niece Erin Holliday all of Richardson, Texas; and his sister, Susan Voorhis of Stamford, Conn. as well as numerous friends and extended family.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Rick's memory to either the Van Nuys Propeller Aircraft Association, 7335 Hayvenhurst Place, Van Nuys, CA 91406 or the Rick Voorhis Memorial Fund, University of Denver, School of Accounting, 2190 S. High St., Denver, CO 80208.The visitation will take place 5 to 8 p.m Wednesday, April 5 at the Reardon Funeral Home, 2636 Sycamore Dr., Simi Valley, Calif. with a vigil at 7 p.m. The funeral mass will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 6 at St. Peter Claver Church, 5649 Pittman Street, Simi Valley, Calif. A gathering for family and friends will follow at The Villa at Paul's, 2585-I Cochran St., Simi Valley, Calif.
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