Lafayette residents, Peter and Mona Branagh, died Saturday afternoon, when their single engine Cirrus SR22 crashed suddenly near Richfield, Utah.
The couple was en route to Aspen, CO.
Peter was president of Branagh Development, and Mona managed a complimentary interior design business, called Pacific Bay Interiors.
They are survived by three children, Matt, Mike and Kathleen.
A statement to the staff and associates from the family said:
"They were a special presence with their compassion, joyfulness and generosity. Our dad and mom surrounded themselves with employees and professionals of the highest quality and integrity. They believed that we are all on earth to serve the Lord, each with their own gifts, and their professional and personal lives reflected that belief."