Zane Baize, 35-year-old Kissimmee Realtor known for his passion for life, husband, and father of two, died in a plane crash last Thursday in Crowell, Texas along with his uncle 61-year-old Ronny Baize, who was a prominent Crowell, Texas businessman and former candidate for County Judge in the Texas community.

Zane and other family members had flown in from Florida to attend the wedding of Ronny Baize’s son, which was going to take place on Saturday. According to family members who shared with a local Texas news agency, Zane and his uncle decided to fly together in a single-engine Kitfox Series 7 plane March 31 in the morning as other family members looked on from the ground. About 20 minutes into the flight, Ronny Baize’s brother reportedly noticed that the two men were struggling at the controls of the plane, which then went into a nosedive.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane was flying at a low altitude when a gust of wind forced it to the ground, where it then caught fire. Texas Department of Public Safety said the aircraft crashed at around 9:40 a.m. near County Road 411 and County Road 415, about 200 miles northwest of Dallas.

According to family members 61-year-old Ronny Baize had a lifelong passion for aviation, and had been flying since he was 18 years old. He leaves behind his wife Debra, his children Rodney Baize and Ashley Deweber, and grandchildren.

Zane is survived by his wife Krystal, who was previously on staff with Positively Osceola and the Osceola Historical Society, their 4-year old daughter Teegen, and their son Bowen, who will be 2-years-old soon. The family has set up a GoFundMe for Krystal and her children. Please consider helping the family by clicking here. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to this very special family.