John Sax, the son of former Major League Baseball player Steve Sax, was one of five Marines killed in a plane crash in Southern California on Wednesday.
“For those of you who knew Johnny, you saw his big smile, bright light, his love for his family, the marines, the joy of flying airplanes and defending our country!” Steve Sax said in a statement on Saturday.
“He was my hero and the best man I know. There was no better person to defend our country.”
Captain John Sax, 33; Captain Nicholas Losapio, 31; cpl. Nathan Carlson, 21; cpl. Seth Rasmuson, 21; and Lance Cpl. Evan Strickland, 19; died in the crash.
Their MV-22 Osprey crashed around noon local time near Glamis, California, about 120 miles east of San Diego. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
All five men were part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego. They were on a training flight.
“From an early age there was never any doubt that Johnny would become a pilot and his passion was to fly!” said Steve Sax. “This loss will change my life forever and is a loss not only to the Marines but to this world!”
Steve Sax played in the majors for 14 years, winning the World Series with the Dodgers twice, once in 1981 and again in 1988. He won the National League Rookie of the Year in 1982 and signed with the Yankees as a free agent for the 1989 season. He was an all-star during both of his pinstripes seasons.
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