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Family remembers pilot who died in plane crash

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

An area family honored and remembered one of their loved ones in a daring way this weekend.

David and Brittany Naylor participated in the Heartland Youth for Christ, Over the Edge fundraiser in Cedar Rapids today to remember their family member, Jerry Naylor who died in a plane crash in July.

90-year-old Jerry Naylor from Scotch Grove was the only passenger inside of a plane that crashed on July 1. Family members say his dog survived, but Jerry did not.

David, Jerry's son and Brittany, Jerry's granddaughter, repelled down the side of the seven story Iowa Building, in memory of the father, grandfather and husband.

"If dad was here he would have done it with us, that's the type of guy he was," said David Naylor. "He would always except the challenge and he loved a challenge and just loved life."

David says his father had been flying planes for 70 years and they do not know what caused the accident.

"He would go flying at least two or three times a week and take his favorite companion, his golden doodle Jasmine," said David. "They were out for a flight and they were out for about an hour and a half and at one of his approaches at the Monticello Airport something went wrong and that was it... we don't know what happened."

It's been nearly two months since the accident and the Naylor family says they were honored to remember him today and the family says it makes it easier knowing Jerry died doing something he loved.

"If he had a choice on how to leave this life that would have been it, he was doing what he loved to do," said David. "My father Jerry Naylor has flown since 1947 and he was just an amazing man, he taught us how to go through life helping people and he had an infectious smile and a gift of meeting people."

Dozens gathered to also take part in the Over the Edge fundraiser today. David says his father was very passionate about the organization, one of the many reason he and his daughter repelled today in his honor.

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