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Plane crash claims the life of Flying J founder

OGDEN, Utah -- The founder and chairman of the board for Flying J truck stops was killed in a plane crash over the...


OGDEN, Utah — The founder and chairman of the board for Flying J truck stops was killed in a plane crash over the weekend.

O. Jay Call was flying former vice-president and current Flying J board member, Richard Germer to Sun Valley, Idaho on Saturday when the plane experienced problems. The wreckage was located Sunday morning just outside Haily, Idaho. Germer’s wife, Ilene, was also in the plane at the time. There are no survivors.

Flying J was named after its founder, Call, who was also an avid pilot. The successful truck stop chain posted annual sales exceeding $4.7 billion in 2002.

“The unimaginable loss to all of us at Flying J is mostly the shared loss of three of our best friends. We extend our love and sincere concern for their families,” says Flying J president and chief executive officer, J. Phillip Adams.


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