The greenhouse industry is mourning the passing of one of its
own. Fun-loving Larry Jay Boven, former owner of Boven¹s Quality Plants on H
Avenue in Comstock Township, Mich., died Friday, May 16, when his helicopter
crashed in the Chipman Preserve in Kalamazoo County. Boven was on GPN's
Editorial Advisory Board and also used to own Boven¹s Quality Plants.
A witness reported hearing the helicopter's engine quit and then
crash in the wooded area in the 228-acre preserve owned by the Southwest
Michigan Land Conservancy. The witness checked the area and called 911, the
Michigan Gazette reported.
Boven, who was piloting the helicopter and was the only person
on board at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene,
according to the sheriff¹s office. He had several years of experience as a
pilot but had only recently purchased that helicopter.
In an interview with local news channel 24 Hour News 8, Boven's daughter,
Laurie Pomeroy, said her father left in the same fashion he lived his
life. Boven loved to have fun, was passionate about his business, flying,
fishing, riding his motorcycle and life in general living life to the
fullest, she said.
The Kalamazoo County Sheriff¹s Department and the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) are both investigating the cause of the crash. The
helicopter was a Fairchild Hiller FH1100. According to the FAA registry,
there have been several accidents involving this type of aircraft.