EDEN, Utah — Authorities have released the names of the two men who died following a small plane crash in Eden Saturday morning.
The Weber County Sheriff's Office identified them as 26-year-old Devin Criddle of Draper and 21-year-old Braeden Raleigh of Salt Lake City.
The families both sent statements to FOX 13 on Sunday.
“Our family is heartbroken over the loss of Devin. He was an amazing man that constantly put the needs of others first. Grief is the price we pay for loving someone, and that price is worth it. We also grieve with the loved ones of the pilot of the plane, Braedan Raleigh, and pray for them. Devin was a wonderful son, brother, and friend. He dreamed of becoming a pilot and this flight was his first step on that path. We will dearly miss his energetic personality and compassionate disposition, but we have faith in the eternal nature of our family and we look forward to our reunion with Devin. We are grateful to all those who are supporting and comforting our family through this difficult time.”
“Our hearts are broken by the unexpected passing of our son, brother, uncle, and grandson. Braedan had a passion for life that was infectious. He was kind, loving, funny, selfless, driven and had so much going for him. Flying brought so much joy and meaning to his life. All that knew Braedan adored and looked up to him. He was surrounded by his loved ones when he passed. We are all so proud of the young man he became and all that he had accomplished in his young life. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the Criddle family during this very difficult time."
GoFundMe campaigns have been set up for the families of both men.