Both Dalton and Huber were licensed pilots.
Dalton, who started flying when he was 16, graduated from UNC-CH’s School of Medicine. He was a retired Army colonel and pediatrician.
Audrey Dalton Reichardt said her father was the kind of person who loved to try new things.
“He loved flying, riding horses, travelling, skiing,” Reichardt said. “He was a really, really active retired man.”
Dalton also volunteered for Angel Flight, flying people in need of medical treatment to hospitals when they couldn’t afford transportation.
“He was kind, good with people, confident — the kind of person who fills a room,” Reichardt said. “He was a wonderful man, a wonderful father and just a very loved person.”
She said another plane crash nine years ago took part of Dalton’s leg.
“People told him he couldn’t ski or ride any more after the accident, but he told them, ‘If I can do it and I’m having fun, I’m going to do it.’ He never took no for an answer,” she said.
“He was a big inspiration to a lot of people.”
Dalton and Huber met through their mutual love for flying, Reichardt said.
Huber, a UNC-Charlotte alumnus, was a husband, a father of four, a grandfather of one, and a friend to all, said Douglas Quick, president of Pinnacle Funding, Inc., in Durham — where Huber worked as a mortgage consultant.
“Steve was not only an employee, but one of my closest friends. He was a hard worker and an outstanding person,” Quick said.
Martin Molloy, Huber’s friend of 13 years and business partner at the Triangle Real Estate Investors Association, said Huber loved helping people as much as he loved flying.
“He had a bubbly personality and every time you met him, he had a smile. He was just a kind, good person,” Molloy said.
He said Huber was naturally optimistic.
“He used to call me every morning. Whether he was having a good day or a bad day, he’d pick up the phone … and say, ‘Good morning partner!’”
A memorial service for Dalton will be held at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough at 3 p.m. Saturday. Details about Huber’s memorial service have not yet been announced.
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