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LAB Alumni Gather to Toast Legacy of Layton Bennett


 Family members and pilots wearing their red L.A.B. Flying Service jackets converged at Crest Air Park in Kent, Wash., Monday to share memories of working for Layton A. Bennett, the airline's founder. The remembrance was held at the hangar of Ron Risman, a retired Alaska Airlines pilot. Captain Devon Joos, an Alaska Airlines pilot who flew for L.A.B. in the early 1990s said, "The buzz in the room was that a person who affected a lot of our lives is gone." Airlines represented included Alaska, Delta, United, American, and Horizon airlines, Fed Ex, UPS, and Flex Jet. The get-together followed graveside services at nearby Tahoma National Cemetery. The military burial included an Air Force color guard and three-gun salute, with presentation of the flag to Lou Bennett. Layton died in Seattle Jan. 9 at age 96. Pictured, from left, Eric Bennett, retired Alaska Airlines; Travis Church, Flexjet; Rich Campbell, Alaska Airlines; Kit Anderson, Fed Ex; Bryon Looney, Korean Air; Chris Karamatic, Alaska Airlines; Brad Decker, United; Andy Klausler, Delta; Ken Carpenter, Horizon Air; Jenn Mueliner, United; Devon Joos, Alaska Airlines; Allyson Youngblood, UPS; Sean Amico, Alaska Airlines; Bart Bennett, Alaska Airlines; Lou Bennett, Dave Renner, American Airlines, Lynn Bennett, L.A.B. Airlines.

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