TACAMO Fallen Veteran - Lance Aikins
1948 - 2017
Lance T. Aikins Age 69, died on Friday, September 29th, 2017, from injuries sustained in an aviation accident, outside of Brinnon, WA. Lance was born June 1st, 1948, in Tacoma, WA. He was a lifelong area resident and a graduate of Puyallup High School Class of '67. He first worked as a pilot in the U.S. Navy and then as a Captain with United Airlines for 34 years, before recently retiring in 2013. He is survived by his wife, Debi Aikins; his four children, Luke Aikins and wife Monica, Joshua Aikins and wife Angela; Nicholas Aikins and wife Michaela, and Abigail Aikins; grandsons, Logan, Ender and Revel; granddaughters Julia and Madeline; sister Jessie Farrington and brother Max Aikins; nephews Andy, Todd and Kelly Farrington, Travis, Kirk and Loren Aikins; nieces Keri Bell and Paris Brereton.
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TACAMO Community would like to thank Joe Bacarella for providing this notice.
Joe Bacarella "I was quite surprised today surfing the Net and read of the passing of a great Naval Aviator I met early at VQ-3. Lance Aikens was on my first crew & I learned much from him. Lance, an accomplished skydiver & Instructor taught me how to jump from a perfectly good aircraft he flew after we removed the door from an AeroClub Cessna 172. I also dove on many Guam dives with the NAS Scuba Club diving with Lance & his lovely wife Debie while at VQ-3. Lance passes away 29 September 2017 in a Controlled Flight into Terrain Aircraft Accident in Brinnon, Jefferson County, Washington on a Cross Country Instructional Night Flight. The NTSB Accident Report can be found here: www.kathrynsreport.com/2017/10/fatal-accident-occurred-september-29.html Fair Winds and Following Seas friend...."
TCVA extends its sympathy and prayer for peace to Lance Aikins's family and friends during this time of the passing.