OAK HARBOR, Wash. - A couple with ties to Pilot Rock died when the single-engine plane they were flying crashed and burned on Whidbey Island last week.

Karen Ann Mathews was killed when the plane crashed last Friday. Her husband, Ted Mathews, who was piloting the plane, died Saturday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Ted Mathews, 48, was a firefighter/paramedic with the Marysville Fire District. Karen Mathews, 43, was a fifth-grade teacher in Oak Harbor.

They are survived by their daughter, Kyla Mathews.

The couple's grandparents - Boots and Elsie Mathews and Herb and Isa Wilson - lived in Pilot Rock.

The couple reportedly had been preparing to land the 1942 Stinson airplane on a private grass airstrip near their home in the Hastie Lake area when the plane crashed. The National Transportation Safety board is investigating.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

A memorial service is tentatively planned Saturday at Oak Harbor School, and a family memorial is tentatively planned the following Saturday, April 23.

For more information on funeral arrangements, call Dean Shelton, secretary-treasurer of the fire district union, at 360-770-8067.

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