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Pilot Killed in Apple Valley Plane Crash ID’d as Margo Chase

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. ( Friends and family are remembering the life of Margo Chase, an influential graphic designer who tragically lost her life over the weekend at the age of 59.

On Saturday, July 22, as Margo Chase soared over the open desert skies of Apple Valley, practicing her favorite sport of flying, her Panzl Aerobatic Airplane came crashing down as her husband Patrick Dugan and a family friend watched from the ground.

Although Chase died upon impact as a result of the crash, those who knew her say her memories will always live on.

“Margo was one of the most skilled, talented, and dedicated people I have ever met in my life… She was bright, intelligent, and simply fun to be with. She thoroughly enjoyed flying, our sport, and our history, traditions, and people. We are devastated by this news,” Mike Heuer, International Aerobatic Club (IAC) President said in a statement.

Dubbed as one of the most influential graphic designers of our time, her adrenaline-pumped lifestyle has touched just about everyone’s lives whether we know it or not.

She founded her business Chase Design Group in 1986 and created award-winning work for clients including P&G, PepsiCo, Nestlé, Mattel, and Target.

Chase shined with creativity and was even hired to work for such Hollywood notables as Cher, Madonna and the Tejano crossover singer, Selena; creating the jacket for Selena’s cross-over album Dreaming of You.

Chase has also been credited for re-modernizing the logos for Mr. Clean and designing logos for other popular brands and television shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

In a video interview for, she expressed how her love for creativity guided her passion into flying:

“I draw in the sky. I love the idea that there’s this goal of perfection that I’m striving for, cause it keeps the challenge there since perfection is something you can never really achieve,” stated Margo.

“My heart goes out to Patrick Dugan, her husband; Tim Just, both of whom were there in Apple Valley with her; and her many friends, family, and colleagues. When we lose good friends like this, life is never quite the same as it leaves a hole in your heart that is always there,” Mike Heuer wrote.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff Department’s aviation division is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to determine the cause of the crash.

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