Funeral services for Dave Gilbert, the owner of Madera Parachute Center who died in a parachuting accident last week, will be held Thursday in Madera.
Gilbert, 65, died Saturday when his parachute failed to open properly during a demonstration at the Pomegranate Festival in Madera.
Madera police and the Federal Aviation Administration are determining what went wrong.
I trusted his focus on safety.
Joan LeRoux, former student
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He had over 15,000 jumps in his career, according to an announcement published Wednesday.
Fresno resident Joan LeRoux said Gilbert was her parachuting instructor, called a jumpmaster, in the 1980s.
“I trusted his focus on safety,” she said. “He was one of the most meticulous people I’ve ever met. He had a great smile and easy laugh … he gave us confidence.”
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Jay Chapel, 1211 Roberts Ave., Madera.