Midland Father, Businessman Dies in Plane Crash Outside of Breckenridge

Midland Father, Businessman Dies in Plane Crash Outside of Breckenridge
By Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9

Family and friends are mourning the death of a Midland businessman, Ray Hofman. The avid pilot died on Tuesday after crashing a vintage World War II fighter plane in Breckenridge, Texas. Hofman is the CEO of Peak Completions, an oilfield services company.

He was known for his love of cars and especially planes. In fact, he loved planes so much, he wanted to build a hangar to store his airplanes right across the street from the Commemorative Air Force in Midland. He was a family man that was loved by all. According to the CEO from the CAF, boy, did he love to fly.

On Tuesday, around 4 p.m., the life of father and business owner, Ray Hofman, was cut short when his plane crashed four miles north of Breckenridge, which is located northeast of Abilene. DPS officers working the scene said Hofman was flying a "Hawker Sea Fury Plane" he recently purchased when he experienced problems with the handling causing the plane to nose dive in a wooded area nearby.

A blog post by the CEO of the Commemorative Air Force, dedicated to the life of Ray Hofman, said Ray had a love for these planes since he was a boy.

He says Ray told him, "...His story about growing up in Canada and his childhood room covered with pictures of the CAF's airplanes on the walls."      

Ray always got, "...The best instructors, bought the best aircraft and had them maintained by the best mechanics."     

The Hawker Sea Fury he was flying at the time of the crash is a British fighter aircraft known as the one of the fastest single piston engine aircrafts ever built.

He was also a lover of cars. His receptionist at Peak says, "Ray was an awesome, giving person! For the short time that I knew him, if he pulled up in his Ferrari, that meant he was in a good mood that day. Ray will be missed by a lot of people. I pray for his wife and kids, can't imagine how hard this is right now. I pray that they find peace and comfort. It will never be the same around here. You will be missed, Ray!"    

Steven Johnston shared on our Facebook, "I started working for Peak two weeks ago and was introduced to Ray my first day. He introduced himself and already new and called me by my first name. He welcomed me to the Peak family. To some this my not seem like a big deal but that showed me what kind of a man and boss he was. I only wish I could have known him better. R.I.P. Mr. Hofman."

Before his death, Ray wanted to build a hangar across the street from the CAF to display his planes for the public to enjoy.

"He wanted to be close to the CAF so that he could help improve our museum with his collection of airplanes on display in our hangar - such generosity!" The CAF Blog, said.

Raymond Alan Hoffman was the President and CEO of Peak Completion Technologies.

He is survived by his wife, Janna and four sons.