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Dr. Jim Crisp - A Fixture at Littlefield

I just received the terrible news that Dr. Jim Crisp of Lubbock, Texas was killed on Monday, May 31. I spoke with Tom Pressley, a personal friend and fellow Caprock Soaring Club member about the accident.

According to available information, Jim had landed his sailplane and was waiting for a car tow back to the hangar when he somehow ended up under the wheels of the car. He was helicoptered to a Lubbock hospital but did not survive.

For those of you who did not have the pleasure of knowing Jim, he was the Godfather of Littlefield soaring. Jim was the sparkplug that kept the airport involved in soaring. Always smiling, always interested in all things going on, and always interested in the people around him, Jim will be greatly missed.

His hangar was the place for pilot meetings for contests on the airport. There was always beer and soda in the fridge for anyone needing a cold drink. Jim made sure the coolers were always full. Jim loved soaring. He flew often, and once told me it was the one thing that relaxed him completely. Jim loved having the races at Littlefield and especially the social events in the evenings. Jim was a strong supporter of our team, and attended several international meets.

It was Jim along with several other familiar faces that made Littlefield a famous racing site. They were as good a team as anywhere in racing. Together they staged some great contests.

Jim was a bright light to all around him. I am truly saddened that I will not see that light again.
– Charlie Spratt

On Monday, May 31st, soaring lost one of its most enthusiastic advocates. Dr. Jim Crisp, 64, of Lubbock, Texas was killed in a freak automobile accident shortly after a flight at Littlefield Municipal Airport. Jim has been a tireless promoter of the sport for most of his life, and his loss will be felt by all of us in the soaring community. There are few details available at this point. Jimús family, friends, and fellow members of Caprock Soaring Club are still reeling from the shock.
– Thomas A. Pressley


Posted: 7/1/1999

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