Date: November 12, 2008 via Garmin International
It is with great sadness that we must inform you that Jerry Smith, Garmin’s Aviation Regional Sales Manager for the South Central United States, was involved in a fatal airplane accident on November 11, 2008, while piloting his personal airplane on business. The cause of the accident is still unknown, but the NTSB and FAA are coordinating the investigation and Garmin has offered its full support. Jerry joined Garmin in 1994 as a Regional Sales Manager and had the distinction of being one of the first aviation sales managers hired by Garmin. He was a vital member of Garmin’s aviation sales team, as well as a commercial pilot with instrument, multiengine and instructor (CFII and MEI) ratings with over 20,000 hours. Jerry was involved with the aviation industry for over four decades and held positions at BF Goodrich Aerospace, where he did research flying for Stormscope and TCAS, King Radio, and others.
Beyond his professional contributions, even more sorely missed will be his zest for life and sense of humor, which everyone will remember. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jerry’s family, friends, coworkers and customers as their lives have been changed forever by this tragic event.