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Friends and family describe Carl Prince as a loving dad who always had time for his kids. Prince died last week in a mid-air airplane collision. (Photo courtesy: Beth Sandig) Friends and family describe Carl Prince as a loving dad who always had time for his kids. Prince died last week in a mid-air airplane collision. (Photo courtesy: Beth Sandig)
(Photo courtesy: Beth Sandig) (Photo courtesy: Beth Sandig)
(Photo courtesy: Beth Sandig) (Photo courtesy: Beth Sandig)
(Photo courtesy: Beth Sandig) (Photo courtesy: Beth Sandig)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A loving dad who always had time for his kids.

That's how friends and family describe Carl Prince, 42,  one of four victims who died in a mid-air collision plane crash near the Deer Valley Airport last week.

Prince's former wife, Tanya Prince, spoke Thursday about the man she was married to for seven years. The couple had recently gotten back together.

"He wanted to make things work and get our family back together and we've been making efforts for that," said Prince. "I guess it wasn't meant to be ."

Carl Prince had been working for a hot air balloon company in the Valley, but was also a certified pilot.

He was giving flight instruction to his boss Margie Long last Friday, when their plane collided with another small plane. There were no survivors.

The other victims were Paul Brownell and Basil Onuferko, who were both flight instructors at the Tranpac Aviation Academy.

"The hardest part for me is that he's not here," said Prince. "He's going to miss out on all these things in his kids' lives. He had such a good sense of humor. Everybody that he knew, he could bring a smile to their face."

Prince told CBS 5 News that the love and support she's received from the community has made a difference, but the truth is that nothing can stop the pain the Valley mom and her kids are going through.

"My son wakes up every day to see what dad does. He saw a heart in the clouds and believes dad made him a heart," said Prince. "Every morning he wakes up looking for what daddy is going to make him."

A memorial fund has been set up to help the Prince family.

Donations can be made through the Desert Schools Federal Credit Union. The account number is 60000187056.

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