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Golf Pro and His Three Children Tragically Killed in Plane Crash

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On Sunday, PGA pro Sean Fredrickson boarded a plane with his three kids as they set out on an adventure over the beautiful Coeur d’Alene Lake in Idaho.

It was supposed to be a fun day out, an experience that would bring them all together and something they would remember for years to come.

However, at 2:20 p.m., their plane collided with another plane, and the two aircraft and their occupants began to sink to the bottom of the lake.

“Multiple Marine Units, US Coast Guard Units, Fire Units from Worley Fire, CDA Fire and Eastside Fire also responded to the area,” the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook.

“Witnesses reported two planes that collided above the water and crashed into the Lake. The planes are in about 120-130 feet of water. It is unknown what type of planes were involved or how many occupants were on each plane.”

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Between the two planes there were eight lives, and all were lost in the tragic crash.

Four of the eight were Fredrickson and his three children: Hayden, 16, his biological son; Sofia, 15, his stepdaughter; and Quinn, 11, his stepson.

Fredrickson’s wife, April, spoke to KPTV-TV about her family, recognizing their joy for life and how they died doing something they loved.

“My family died while they were on an adventure,” she said. “Everyone was so excited to be on that plane … I think that, at the end of the day, they died doing what they loved which was, you know, being together.”

“My stepson had just gotten his license, and he had his car … and he had a girlfriend and just his life was good. His life was so incredibly good, and he was a happy kid.”

“My daughter was 15 and she loved life, she literally loved life.”

“My little guy was Quinn. He was 11 and he was my best friend. He was just always in tune with what I needed.”

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Brian Olsen, Sofia and Quinn’s biological father, said his children “constantly remind me of all the experiences to cherish in our world this day and every day.”

The PGA also recognized Fredrickson’s accomplishments and contributions to the sport, highlighting how many people he’d mentored and how much that had meant to him.

“As you remember Sean,” it shared, “reflect on the enthusiasm, the integrity, the passion and the love we saw in him every day.”

“We will miss you, our friend.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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