SURREY (NEWS1130) – Friends of a man who lost his life in a plane crash near Peachland on Monday believe a bench at a skateboard park would be an appropriate way to remember him.

A get-together Saturday night is meant to be a fundraiser for the family of Jayson “Dallas” Smith and a way to honour a man who liked to have a good time.

“He was an amazing friend. He was someone who would do anything to help a friend,” says Curtis Taylor. “He was a phenomenal person. He loved to travel and probably did more things in his short life than I’ll ever do in mine.”

Taylor says Smith and his girlfriend had been in Penticton on an inner tubing holiday.

The two had been friends since they were 10 years old. Smith was Taylor’s first roommate.

Now Taylor wants to help the family cover costs and to leave a legacy at a place that meant a lot to Smith.

“We would like to put a bench in his name at a local skateboard park in Surrey that he used to frequent,” he says.  “It’s a gesture. These things aren’t inexpensive, let’s put it that way.”

Friends and family will be gathering at Baselines Pub in South Surrey for an evening of music and 50-50 draws starting at 9 p.m.

Friends have also set up a Coast Capital Savings trust fund for Pamela Smith, his mother.

Smith’s girlfriend, Lauren Sewell of Surrey, was the other casualty of the plane accident.