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Remembering Pilot David Wentz

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It is with great sadness that we share with you that one of our very kind and dedicated pilots, David Wentz, lost his life this past week due to a plane crash.  

David doing one of the things he loved best, flying….

The Pilots N Paws community is extremely saddened to learn of David’s passing. He extended his kindness to rescue animals in need and enriched the lives of the people who met him. We are blessed to have known him and extend our sympathy to his family and all who had the honor of knowing this truly special person.

 His memorial service is today and our PNP family is extremely proud to honor Dave for his generous spirit and for making many life saving rescue flights.  We do not know how or why this happened, he was not on a rescue flight but one returning to his new home in Savannah where he recently accepted a new job position working for Gulfstream.  God speed David and we know that you are watching over all above as you did here on earth.   Please take a minute to let his family and friends know how much he meant to our community.



8 thoughts on “Remembering Pilot David Wentz”

  1. David is a long time friend and co-worker from Carlyle & Co days. He helped us with our computer systems and networking and we worked on a collaborative that is still working under contract design. I’ve spent time with Erika and Michael and prayed for their family for years. When our Sovereign God Jesus Christ takes a man early, we need to Trust Him, He is Omniscient and Romans 8:28-39

    26In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

    28And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

    31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

    36Just as it is written,

    37But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  2. Jon Wells says:

    I write this with a heavy heart, as David was not only my close friend, but I also had the pleasure of being his Flight Instructor, through his initial training and instrument training, and the one thing we always said was to “give back.” David was that type of person; he always gave back. He always wanted to learn to fly as a youth, and he realized that dream and for all those that could also realize that dream, he asked that they “give back.”

    He also saw his ability to fly as a gift, so he repaid that gift through Pilots-n-Paws. He loved animals, and we spent many hours flying together, or splitting missions.

    It is a very difficult time with him being gone, but he would be proud..and humble…to know the impact he made, and I can say he made an impact.

    God Bless David, and is family through these difficult times. Remember David and continue to fly for those that need our help. He will be missed.


  3. Judy Dixon Gabaldon says:

    I didn’t know him personally, but feel very sad just the same. He obviously was one of those “angels on earth” for helping rescue dogs get to their new homes. I send my condolences to his family and friends. RIP.

  4. Martina Oaten says:

    David Wentz ,God Bless You and may he hold you in his loving arms wrapped in peace. The rescue community is deeply saddened by this loss, for you were clearly a compassionate man, a brave man and one of great character. My prayers go out to your family and friends, hoping they will find peace in the legacy you left behind in this world. May others keep that legacy alive by following your great example.

  5. cindy meggitt says:

    Did not know David personally…but all the work he did in getting dogs to there new safe forever homes makes him a hero to me. God Bless David and his Family..

  6. Linda Donath-Sheahan says:

    I have flown with a Pilots n Paws pilot friend, so I understand the impact this work has in the rescue community. I have learned a lot about flying during these flights as well as how much the pilots give of themselves and their resources. A love of flying and a love of animals unite them, as well as uniting us, their volunteers, to them and their mission. My heart goes out to this family in their time of need. David’s family can always be proud that he was theirs because he showed by his actions the very best that there is in human nature.

  7. Chris Davis says:

    I also did not know David personally but I do know what kind of man he was by looking at the things he did and his wonderful spirit of “give back”. God bless his family through their grief and I know the Lord will take good care of such a kind and special person. Godspeed.

  8. Janet Nelson says:

    I didn’t know Mr. Wentz, but I have utmost respect for his kind heart in helping the animals. God bless you, Mr. Wentz. God bless and comfort your family and friends.

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