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Family of skydiver who passed away creates Gofundme for sons

Joe Wingen passes away sky-diving
Posted at 5:22 PM, Jul 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-25 20:39:58-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The family of a man who died after sky-diving in Otay Ranch created a Gofundme page for his two sons left behind.

Jonas Wingen said his brother, Joe, died Sunday after suffering a medical emergency while sky diving.

"Deployed his chute, everything was fine... While he was descending something happened, he had a heart attack I'm not sure," said Wingen.

Joe's two sons, Jo Jo and Riley, now moving to Lake Elsinore to live with their mom, while grieving the loss of their father.

"Jo Jo, it's hitting him hard, he's 14... Riley's handling it well," Wingen said.

He said the family created a Gofundme to help ease some of the hardship and support the boys' future.

"Jo Jo is going to get braces... We're going to put some of it in a college fund for when they hit 18," he said.

Riley created a memorial video showing how much they idolized their dad, remembering jam sessions and adventures. Wingen said Joe liked to ride dirtbikes, go surfing and play instruments.

"You know he worked hard and he played hard. That was Joe, and he loved his two boys," he said. "The last thing he said to me was, 'I'm going sky diving tomorrow wish me luck, woo!'"

Wingen said Joe's last text he sent captured his essence: "fears lead to an average life."

Wingen said their family is planning a celebration of life for August 5, which would have been Joe's birthday. He said they're planning a paddle out and haven't chosen the location yet.

To donate to the Gofundme for Joe's family, click here.