Darin Ray Brown, the Acton-area pilot who died Saturday in an airplane crash near Wolf Point, was a father of five and a Broadview School District trustee.
Superintendent Rob Osborne said Brown and his family moved to the Acton area about six years ago from the Lustre area and that Brown had been a trustee for the last four years.
He described Brown as an active, good community member and a great addition to the school board.
"He wanted what’s best for the kids in our school district and he was very fair with our teachers," Osborne said. "He was very fair, a good human being. You’re not going to find any better person than Darin."
Brown flew out of a rural airport in Wolf Point headed toward his Acton home on Saturday and was last heard from a half-hour later when he called his wife. An hour after he was scheduled to arrive home, he was reported missing.
Shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday, officials in Roosevelt County confirmed that search-and-rescue crews found the wreckage of the plane on private land in rural McCone County and that Brown, its only occupant, did not survive the crash.
It is not yet known why the plane crashed. The National Transportation Safety Board is in charge of the investigation and the Federal Aviation Administration is assisting. Investigators were expected arrive at the crash site on Monday morning.
Brown's children attend school in Broadview, with the oldest child in eighth grade. He also helped run youth groups in the area, Osborne said.
School in Broadview will let out early on Thursday to allow students and their families to attend services, which are planned for at 2 p.m. at Faith Evangelical Church in Billings.
A visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point.
A funeral service is planned for 10:30 a.m. in Lustre at the Lustre Christian High School with burial at the Mennonite Brethren Church Cemetery following the service.
Memorial gifts can be given to Lustre Christian High School (294 Lustre Rd., Lustre, MT 59225) and/or Mission Aviation Fellowship (P.O. Box 47, Nampa, ID 83653).