Service set for Fallon Navy officer, daughters
FALLON, Nev. ” A memorial service is planned Saturday at Naval Air Station Fallon for the base executive officer and his three daughters killed in a private plane crash.
Cmdr. Luther Hook III, 44, and his daughters, Kaitlyn, 15, Rachel, 12, and Mackenzie, 9, were killed when Hook’s twin-engine Cessna crashed Friday near Fallon Municipal Airport.
Hook, second in charge at the Navy base 60 miles east of Reno, had flown to Fresno, Calif., to pick up his daughters and bring them to Fallon for the weekend. The girls lived with their mother and stepfather in Clovis, Calif.
Hook is survived by his wife, Wende Hucke Hook, a daughter and stepdaughter.
On Monday the Hucke and Hook families issued a joint statement.
“We want to express our heartfelt appreciation to those of you who have shown their support to our families during this most trying time.”
Besides their personal loss, “the Navy community has lost a great aviator and officer who loved his country and served with pride and dignity,” the statement said.
“We also share the sorrow with the girls’ mother and stepfather, Brenda and Pat, who are feeling a great loss of these three beautiful girls.
“Luther, Kaitlyn, Rachel and Mackenzie will always be in our hearts, now and forever.”
NAS Fallon spokesman Zip Upham said Saturday’s public service will be held at 10 a.m. at Hanger 2.
Navy officials said Hook was an experienced pilot who had been awarded a host of medals.
A 1986 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he had over 2,700 flight hours in the F/A-18 Hornet, flying from the USS Kitty Hawk and other aircraft carriers.
Witnesses told authorities that the plane appeared to be in distress and was maneuvering erratically shortly before the crash.
The National Weather Service said wind gusts of up to 40 mph were reported at the time in Fallon, but it wasn’t known if that contributed to the crash.
Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.
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