Founder of Flying J dies in small plane crash

| 3/21/2003

The founder of Flying J truckstops has died in a plane crash, according to a statement from the company.

O. Jay Call, 62, who named the chain for his love of flying, was the pilot of the small private aircraft, which also carried board member and former vice president Richard “Buzz” Germer and his wife, Ilene.

The plane disappeared Saturday, March 15. Its wreckage was found a day later just outside Haily, ID, about five miles south of Sun Valley, its planned destination.

None of the plane’s occupants survived, and the cause of the accident is unknown. The Associated Press reported March 18 that weather may have been a factor. The company said in its statement that the crash is currently under investigation.

“We extend our love and sincere concern for their families,” Flying J’s president and CEO, J. Phillip Adams, said. “What is most important right now is the support we can provide Jay’s wife and children.”

Call was still active in the company, serving as the chairman of the board.