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Dan Shalloway: Pilot remembered for 'living life to its fullest'

SUBURBAN LAKE WORTH, Fla. - While the FAA has yet to, officially, confirm the identity of the pilot on board the plane that crashed into a Lake Worth mobile home, family, friends and colleagues of 64-year-old Dan Shalloway are left mourning.

Shalloway is now being remembered as a family guy whose career has had  lasting impacts.

Palm Springs land developer director Kim Glas-Castro points to a Facebook picture of the pilot, she called a colleague and friend.

"I've worked with him for 20 years, but in the past 6 months I got to know him personally because our daughters play volleyball together," she told NewsChannel 5.

News of Dan Shalloway’s death came early this morning.

"It's shocking," said Glas-Castro.

While the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration have yet to confirm the identity of the pilot who crashed into a suburban Lake Worth mobile home Tuesday evening, friends and family confirm, 64-year-old Dan Shalloway was the single person on board. 

Shalloway, of Palm Beach Shores, was coming home after a business trip in Orlando.  On Wednesday, Town of Palm Beach Shores Mayor, John Workman, spoke on behalf of his family.

"It’s just tragic.  He loved to fly. He was a good pilot. We talked about flying together,” he said.

A licensed pilot since 2012, Shalloway loved being in the air but water is where this career engineer made his biggest contribution, encouraging the state to buy rocks pits to store water

"He was very intelligent, ahead of his time in thinking," said Glas-Castro who worked with Shalloway on several development projects over the years.

Shalloway was a local who's who, he also  dabbled in land development, real estate and was co-founder of Machine Gun America, an Orlando-based tourist attraction. 

On Wednesday, the company issued a statement, saying in part, “Everyone at Machine Gun America is deeply saddened by the tragic events of yesterday that took the life of our co-founder Dan Shalloway. Dan loved to fly, was an engineer by trade, actively involved in politics and passionate about his community.”

Those who knew him also say Dan was most devoted to his family, a wife, son and 10-year-old daughter, now forced to say goodbye too soon.

“This is a tough one.  He'll be missed," said Glas-Castro.

Dan Shalloway’s family issued the following statement late Wednesday afternoon.

"We are all deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved Dan. He was more than just a wonderful husband & loving father - he was a tremendous leader, consummate mentor, and exceptional entrepreneur.

He prided himself on taking care of his family and purposed all of his time and energy to ensure his family and friends were well taken care of. He loved to experience life and lived it to his fullest.

We will miss his jokes, story-telling, and most of all his infectious laugh & contagious smile. All who knew Dan loved & respected him."

He leaves behind his wife of 12 years, Lisa, 10 year-old daughter Gina, and 31 year-old son Eric.

The family will release details regarding services and a celebration of his life in coming days.
 

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