BORDEN - Friends, colleagues and community leaders are mourning Wayne Estopinal, a Ball State University trustee and Jeffersonville businessman who passed away Friday in a small plane crash. Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore says Estopinal's "desire and tenacity to make our city better is what we will remember him for the most."

Estopinal owned TEG Architects in Jeffersonville. Moore says he oversaw projects including the restoration of City Hall at the Quartermaster Depot and the design of Big Four Station. He also founded Louisville City FC, a soccer club in Kentucky. He died Friday morning in a small plane crash near the Clark County town of Borden.

Statement from Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore:

We are extremely saddened to learn of the untimely death of Wayne Estopinal. This is a terrible tragedy for our city and community.

Wayne was a lifelong Jeffersonville resident and successful business owner. His firm, TEG Architects, was an international architecture firm located on Spring Street.

Wayne was huge supporter of Jeffersonville, his hometown. While Wayne’s creativity was felt well beyond Jeffersonville, his desire and tenacity to make our city better is what we will remember him for the most. Whether it was his restoration of City Hall at the historic Quartermaster Depot, the award-winning design of Big Four Station or his recent champion of a new downtown elementary school, Wayne’s impact will never be forgotten.

We should never forget that Wayne cared deeply about giving back to his hometown. He never lost sight of his roots. He loved Jeffersonville, and because of that, we are better off.

Please keep the Estopinal family, his employees, and the other victims involved in this crash in your thoughts and prayers.

Statement from Ball State University Board Chair Rick Hall:

 It is with deep sadness that we inform you that R. Wayne Estopinal, a Ball State University Board of Trustee member and a 1979 graduate of our College of Architecture and Planning, has passed away in a plane crash today in southern Indiana. He was an exceptional leader and passionate supporter of the University. As we mourn this loss to our Ball State family, we ask that you keep Wayne’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. As we learn additional information, we will communicate that to you.