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His wife Laura also was on the balloon flight, a close friend said. LuAnn O'Connor said she and Laura Douglas worked for the same real estate business in Victoria, Texas. Laura Douglas' son is in the military, O'Connor said. "She was really bubbly ...

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Brian and Tressie Neill Brian and Tressie Neill and familyBrian and Tressie Neill had been married for 23 years and had two daughters, 16 and 20, according to a GoFundMe page set up for the couple.Brian surprised Tessie with "a trip to watch the sunrise by hot air balloon" for their wedding anniversary, according to the fund-raising pageWhile they were in the air, Brian sent his brother a picture with a message that read, "Can you see our reflection in the clouds?"The couple lived in San Antonio, and Tressie Neill worked for CPS EnergyA statement from the company said: "Tressie was known to many of our 3,000-plus employees to be a warm-hearted person who was always ready to help a friend and offer words of encouragementShe worked at CPS Energy for almost 25 years and will be missed by her many friends and co-workers she's touched over the years."Alfred 'Skip' Nichols Alfred "Skip" NicholsAlfred "Skip" Nichols, a resident of Kyle, Texas, owned Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides and was piloting the balloon when it crashedAlan Lirette, the ground crew supervisor for the company, described Nichols as his "best friend, boss and roommate."Another company employee, Phil Ferraz, told the Austin paper that Nichols was concerned about safety and developed his love of flying from his father, a pilot in Vietnam."He loved seeing the first flight through someone else's eyes," Ferraz said.Philip Bryant, a balloon pilot, told CNN he knew Nichols."I knew him to be a safe, competent pilot," Bryant said"He has done this for a very long time."Joe and Tresa Owens Joe and Tresa Owens Joe and Tresa Owens lived in Katy, Texas, and had three children, the Austin American-Statesman reported.Tresa Owens, 54, worked at Tiger Land Child Care Center in Katy for 25 years, the center's owner, Steve Sandweiss, told the newspaper."It was her passion," he said"You rarely see someone stay in child care that long, especially in the same place."Joe Owens, 43, worked at H-E-B's meat department and sometimes helped out at the child care center"They adored their children and grandchildren, and loved nothing more than spending time with them," said a GoFundMe page to raise money for their funeral.Matt and Sunday RowanMatt and Sunday Rowan Matt Rowan, 34, had just started working as chief of clinical trials for burns and trauma at the U.SArmy Institute of Surgical Research, the Austin American-Statesman reported"He loved to play volleyball," Trinity University professor Bert Chandler told CNN affiliate KSAT-TV in San AntonioSunday Rowan, also 34, worked at Crazy 8 clothing, according to her Facebook page, and had a 5-year-old son named Jett, the Austin newspaper saidThe Rowans, who lived in San Antonio, were married in FebruarySunday Rowan bought the balloon flight for her husband as a birthday gift, and it had taken awhile to schedule it, said Brent Jones, the father of Jett"Sunday was a very social person," Jones said"They have hundreds and hundreds of friends."Steve VisserContent by LendingTreeBrexit sends interest rates into freefall -- lock in all-time lows 4 cards with jaw-droppingly long 0% intro APR How a single mom paid off $7,500 in credit card debt Fastest way to pay off $10,000 in credit card debt Reverse mortgage: Worth the risk? 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