Eugene Livermore Jr., flight teacher


Eugene Martin Livermore Jr., 30, a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, Desert Storm veteran and flight instructor for a Frederick company, died Wednesday with a student in a plane crash near Walkersville.

At the time of his death, Mr. Livermore was working with student John Francis Joyce, 54, of Rockville, in a single-engine Cessna 152 owned by Control Aero Corp. of Frederick.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

Mr. Livermore and his wife of five years, the former Debra J. Snyder, had lived in Mount Airy for the last 3 1/2 years.

Mr. Livermore grew up all over the world as the son of retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Eugene M. Livermore and Marjorie Bunner Livermore, who now live in Shrewsbury, Pa.

"He was a very outgoing person," the senior Mr. Livermore said of his first child. "He was never a stranger anyplace."

Mr. Livermore graduated in 1981 from Meade County High School in Brandenburg, Ky., where he played trumpet and piano, and led his high school band to a national championship as a field conductor.

He attended the University of Kentucky for one year. In 1983, he began Air Force reserve training, then got into the construction business. He eventually started a company, Progressive Builders, in Mount Airy. He was living in Cockeysville and Joppatowne at the time.

In 1988, Mr. Livermore became enamored of flying and got out of the construction business to train in the Air Force as a flight engineer. He had just completed his on-the-job training and was about to begin work for a private airline servicing company when his reserve unit was mobilized for Operation Desert Shield in August 1990.

As part of Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he flew all over the Middle East and Europe. He returned home in June of 1991 and continued his career as a flight engineer. He also got his private and commercial pilot licenses and became a flight instructor in August.

"He loved flying, he loved teaching," his father said.

In addition to his wife and parents, survivors include two sisters, Patricia Tippetts of Columbia and Susan Livermore of Shrewsbury; and a brother, Thomas Livermore, also of Shrewsbury.

Services were to be at 10 a.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mount Airy.

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