David Blake Haynes, 62, of Arkadelphia, formerly of Monticello, passed away July 30, 2020, in Caliente, NV from injuries sustained in a fire-fighting airplane accident.
He was born March 17, 1958, in Little Rock to Billy Joe and Mary Jo Taylor Haynes of Monticello.
He graduated from Monticello High School and attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Blake, a well-acclaimed commercial pilot, amassed over 30,000 hours of flight time. He began his flying career when he earned his private pilot license under the instruction of his father. He continued flight lessons and got his commercial pilot license. He flew as a crop duster for KP Flying Services in Watson, and was featured on the front cover of Trade-A-Plane in February, 2001.
Blake flew for Kolletta Air in Detroit, MI, and then returned and had his own agriculture flying service in Dumas, AR. He has flown with M&M Flight Service in Beaumont, TX for the past 25 years spraying timber and fighting forest fires throughout the United States.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Terry Gayle; his paternal grandparents, Archie and Tannie Haynes; and his maternal grandparents, Johnny and Ludella Taylor.
Along with his mother and father, Blake is also survived by his daughter, Amanda and her future husband, John Bowers of Saginaw, TX; a grandson, Hudson Blake Bowers; a brother, Larry Haynes and wife Polly of Andover, KA; and three nephews, Joseph, Paul and Mark.
Funeral services are pending at this time but will be announced soon by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home.