Pilot with local roots dies in Georgia plane crash

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CARTERSVILLE, GEORGIA. — A 70-year-old pilot with roots in the Clark Mills area was killed in a plane crash in Georgia on Saturday, according to reports.

Paul L. Deep, of Middleburg, Florida, died when his single-engine Piper PA-28A plane crashed near Cartersville, Georgia on Saturday, Oct. 13, according to The Florida Times-Union newspaper. Deep was flying across the state to visit family, reports stated.

Deep is a former resident of Clark Mills, and, according to his obituary, a 1966 graduate of Clinton Central School. Deep is the son of Paul Deep and Bessie and Al Asmer.

His obituary states that he joined the Navy and served in Vietnam before retiring and moving to Florida, where he owned several businesses, including C&L Hardware and Aerial’s Steak & Seafood.

Deep is pre-deceased by his wife, Valerie Skalicky. He is survived by three daughters, six grandchildren and a great-grandson, according to his obituary. Funeral services will be held in Florida, with burial with military honors in Florida National Cemetery.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the plane crash.

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