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9:57 PM Sat, Sept. 22nd

<I>Printpack founder's son dies</I><BR>Plane crash into Africa's Mount Kenya<BR>kills three generations of one family<BR>

Jim Tsokanos, the Love family spokesman, said efforts to recover the victims' remains are ongoing.

"They are working with the federal local authorities and the U.S. State Department on a full investigation," he said. "The Kenyans are being very cooperative. Yesterday (Tuesday) they recovered remains of most of the members that were on the airplane."

He said the fact the crash took place at a very high elevation, has hampered the recovery process somewhat.

"The bodies have to go down for forensic and DNA testing in Nairobi, and from Nairobi the bodies will be shipped back to the United States," he said.

Tsokanos said that they are unsure why the plane crashed.

"There is nothing confirmed, just a lot of speculation," he said.

Erskine Love, who died in the late 1980s, founded the company more than 40 years ago in Atlanta, Tsokanos said. Since then, they have established about 18 plants in more than 12 states, Mexico and England, according to a www.business.com Web site.

"They are the leading manufacturer of food packaging and they work with the major international companies," he said.

He said Erskine Love's five sons have all been involved in the business. William Love was Printpack's director of sales and marketing for the company's European operation, he said.

"Everyone who knew him loved him," he said. "It is a great loss. There are four families that are involved in this – the Brumleys, a very prominent family in Atlanta, the Morrells, the Loves and the Prestons – they were all affected by this."

He said that the members were heading to a safari in Kenya on vacation. He said that William Love, who worked in the plant in Prescott Valley for a few years, has three children who were not on the airplane.

Mel Lawyer, who manages the Prescott Valley plant, said that the Love family established it 11 years ago.

"We (the entire company) are a billion-dollar corporation," he said, adding that the local plant has 107 employees. "We make (packaging) for the fresh salad industry, and other bags for food but primarily for the produce industry."

According to a www.business.com web site, a principal activity of the company is to make flexible packaging products. Food and beverage industries use the company's products to package salted snacks, cookies, crackers, confectionery items, bakery, meats, tissue/towel goods, copy paper, diapers and beverages.

Lawyer said that he heard on the radio that there was an incident with a prominent Atlanta family.

"I hoped it was not them," he said. But "when I got to work I learned that it was them. I was shocked. The whole plant was shocked."

Lawyer said that the Prescott Valley Printpack plant has lowered its flag to half-staff in honor of Love and his family.

"We've sent condolences from everyone," he said. "It is pretty tragic."

Tsokanos said that William Love leaves a legacy of community service behind him.

"The Loves are a very generous family," he said. "They believe in giving back to the community. He (William) was a very giving person and he was a great example to people. Words can't describe the emotion of his loss to the family."

According to the Associated Press, those killed in the crash were: Dr. George W. Brumley, 68, and his wife Jean, 67; three of their children, George III, 42, daughters Lois, 39, and Elizabeth, 41; George's wife Julia, 42, and two children, George IV, 14, and Jordan, 12; Lois' husband Richard Morrell, 43, and their son Alex, 11; Elizabeth's husband, William Love and their daughter Sarah, and two South African pilots.

Tsokanos said the memorial services, which are open to the public, will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Eternity Church in Atlanta.

Contact the reporter at mburicadam@prescottaz.com.