Blue Angels pilot remembered as ‘best of the best’

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Marine Corps Capt. Jeff Kuss, of Durango, Colorado, who was killed in a Blue Angels crash, was known for aiming high.

Kuss was piloting a Navy Blue Angels F/A-18, which crashed Thursday, June 2. The crash happened in Smyrna, Tennessee. No civilian injuries were reported.

His parents, Michael and Janet Kuss, former teachers, said anyone who knew him honored him as the "best of the best." They said their son had a  "zest for life," something he showed through his drive to be a marine, to be a Top Gun graduate, and to serve overseas.

Fort Lewis College Professor Dr. Stephanie Owings-Edwards described Kuss similarly, as a stand-out student.

"It's a big loss to our community," Owings-Edwards said. "I had hoped to get Jeff to sign a picture of him and his plane this fall so I could put it up in my office so I could tell people the Jeff story, to inspire them to be as aggressive about achieving what was possible."