Gary King

March 5, 1947 – June 12, 2020


Gary King had an infectious love for the sport of ballooning.  Gary earned his commercial LTA rating in 1978 and became heavily involved in the sport of ballooning, going on to help organize/run/participate in some of the biggest, best and coolest events around the world, including the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. His love of the sport continued throughout his life, always sharing it with anyone who wanted and handing it down to many, including his sons, family and friends. Gary was a mentor and teacher to many in the ballooning community. To honor Gary, the King family has generously requested memorial donations to be sent to The Balloon Training Academy to support education and training of new hot air balloon pilots. Continuing Gary’s legacy of mentorship and bringing new pilots into the sport.

Memorial Donations Can Be Sent To:

The Balloon Training Academy

2765 Jeremy Ct. NW

Swisher, IA 52338

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