The pilot killed in the plane crash Monday has been identified as Mid-Columbia Bus Company's CEO Doug Flatt from Pendleton.

"We have lost a friend, local leader and family member," said Tony Barnhart, MIDCO CFO and spokesman for the family. "This is a devastating loss to his family and to the MIDCO communities we serve.

"Doug built a successful school transportation business. His leadership drove the heart of

Mid-Columbia Bus Company, the largest privately owned school bus transportation business in the Northwest."

Flatt was a long-time Pendleton resident and Oregon business leader. He served on numerous local and national committees including: St. Anthony Hospital Board of Directors, Pendleton Rotary Club, Round-Up City Development Corp., Oregon Pupil Transportation Association, National School Transportation Association and Exalted Ruler Pendleton Elks Lodge

For over 15 years Flatt was an active member of Associated Oregon Industries, the state's largest business association. He was serving on the AOI Board of Directors and Executive Committee and also served as a founding member of Associated Oregon Industries' political action committee.

"Doug was a statesman. He always shared the rural perspective with other representatives of Oregon's business community and worked diligently to improve the state as a whole," said AOI President Richard Butrick. "The Oregon business community has lost a leader."

Flatt is survived by his wife of 30 years, Cindy, their son Lloyd, serving in the U.S. Navy, his father Bill, brothers Kevin, Bruce and Jeff, and sister Laurie. His mother, Peggie, and daughter, Steffanie, preceded him in death.

Services are planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Vert Auditorium, Pendleton, with graveside services planned for 5 p.m. in Condon. Contributions may be made to the Steffanie Flatt Memorial Scholarship Fund or Pendleton Foundation Trust, in care of Burns Mortuary, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.


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