Friends and family of Lubbock businessman, Robert Pearson, and his son, Jacob, are in mourning. 44 year-old Robert, and 18 year-old Jacob died Saturday when their Piper single engine aircraft crashed in Burnet County, about 15 miles southwest of Lampasses. According to the Department of Public Safety, a wing fell off their plane during flight just before 5 p.m. Soon after, their plane came to rest on the hillside. The wreckage scattered for a half mile in very rough terrain.
Several agencies are now investigating the crash. Among them: the FAA, the NTSB, and the manufacturerers of the plane. The wreckage will be re-assembled later at another location and final results of the investigation are not expected for two to three weeks.
When it comes to Robert Pearson, friends and family recall a straight-shooting but compassionate businessman who knew from age fourteen he wanted to be in the construction business; a man who worked long hours, but always found time for his family. Robert's son, Jacob, is remembered as a wonderful young man, funloving, with a passion for fishing and the outdoors.
Robert's Brother, Ron Pearson, says, "I was at his home when I heard the news and there were all these people I met 20 or 30 years ago that are still his friends. I think you can judge a guy's life on the friends he makes, that they're friends that long."
Robert's employee and friend, Jerry Parrish, says, "He was probably the finest man I ever worked for. I've been with him longer than anyone I've ever worked for in life, so I really appreciate Robert."
Employee and freind, Luis Vasquez, says, "We miss my boss and I feel sorry right now. I miss him."
Elton Kesler says, "Robert Pearson was a very fine person. One of finest people I've ever known. I'm sincere about that."
Robert, obviously, isn't the only one friends and family mourn for. Ron Pearson remembers his nephew Jake saying, "Jake was a great kid. I never knew anyone who loved to fish more than him. We'll remember him for that and we miss him, the promising future he would have had."
Robert's Brother, Bill Pearson, says, "(Jake was) an avid hunter, wakeboarder. Robert used to take him to the lake. He really loved his family and made people at the company feel like extended family. It was strange coming in and seeing his empty office but wee know what we have to do."
Employee and friend Roy Lerner says, "It's a hard time for us all, but Robert would want us to go on, but he will be missed."
Robert Pearson owned Gill Construction Company in Lubbock and is survived by his wife and youngest son.
Funeral services are being planned for Robert and Jacob. They are expected to take place Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Cavalry Baptist Church. The family is asking any donations in memory of Robert and Jacob at this time be made to the American Cancer Society.