Burien Towing’s Mark Storer & Son Killed In Plane Crash

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Mark Storer and his wife LynetteSHELTON, WA ­- Burien Towing’s Mark Storer, 51 and his son Brian, 24, were killed Thursday when their floatplane crashed 10 miles west of Shelton.

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the crash that left the two area residents dead.

Mark Storer founded and operated both Burien and Airport Towing, and leaves behind his wife, Lynette, and a surviving son and daughter.

His son Brian was married with two small children.

According to witnesses, the plane struggled to reach altitude after taking off from Nahwatzel Lake before vanishing behind some trees, crashing then exploding.

From the Burien Towing website:

Airport Towing began as a sole proprietorship in March of 1988.

Mark and Lynette Storer purchased their first tow truck and began running calls out of their house.

Within six months they located a storage lot in the Burien district of unincorporated King County. The lot was up for lease, so an office trailer was built and the property was occupied. The storage lot was necessary to meet Washington State Patrol and King County Sheriff Office requirements for towers.

Many updates were needed in order to meet the high standards of the local police agencies. The couple worked diligently to improve the company far beyond state and local standards.

As the company expanded, other police and government agency contracts became achievable.

Airport Towing has since performed services for the Washington State Patrol, King County Sheriff’s Office, Tukwila Police, Port of Seattle Police, Des Moines Police, Seattle Police, Normandy Park Police, the United States Postal Service, and others.

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