Marc Messina of Renton is remembered for his dedication to his community, especially Liberty High School, his family – and fishing.
Messina, 56, died on April 21 when the light plane in which he was a passenger crashed at the Woodland State Airport about halfway between Longview and Vancouver on Interstate 5.
According to media reports, Messina had spent the day fishing on the Columbia River.
“Marc was involved in so many aspects of our community, how he supported the school, not only through supporting his own kids but also supporting activities at school,” said Liberty Principal Joshua Almy.
He was active in the Issaquah School District and served on the district’s boundary review board.
“He really dedicated his life to the community and his kids,” Almy said, including coaching his daughter’s soccer team.
Robin Callahan, executive director of the Issaquah Schools Foundation, called Messina a “great supporter” of Issaquah’s schools and an advocated for youth. He worked on the school district’s bond and levy committees.
“He will be dearly missed in our community,” she said. “He was a wonderful man. It’s such a tragedy.”
Messina and his wife Madonna have three daughters, Allegra, a Liberty graduate, and twins Danni and Gabby, who are seniors at Liberty High School.
Messina was co-founder the Cascade Technical Services in Bellevue and led the company’s business team, according to the company’s website.
He was a general manager for Airborne Express and Expanets. He earned an Executive MBA at the University of Washington.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, which occurred at about 3 p.m. on April 21.
The plane crashed at the north end of the roadway, went though a chain-wire fence and came to rest on an embankment, according to Tim Dawdy, a division chief with Clark County Fire and Rescue. The pilot and another passenger survived the cash.