TUKWILA -- James Dressler remembers dropping his 15-year-old son off at school last Thursday vividly. It was the last time he saw Benjamin alive.
"Every time I left him, I told him, 'I love you son, I love you,'" recalled Dressler.
Benjamin Dressler and his 69-year-old grandfather Richard Munger died Sunday in a plane crash off the Oregon coast. Both shared a love of flying.
Thursday, James Dressler remembered his son as an independent thinker keen on learning about math and science. Benjamin loved outer space, Dressler said, and was very interested in physics.
Benjamin pursued those interests at Aviation High in Tukwila, where he was just about to finish the school year.
Thursday night, a large vigil was held on campus in Benjamin Dressler's honor.
James Dressler was there as well, amazed at the outpouring of support, and wishing his son had been able to fulfill his potential.
"What I think is most painful for me is realizing what didn't happen in Benjamin's life," said Dressler tearfully, "He didn't get to finish what he started."