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Friends and family remember skydiver

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Mark Curto's smile normally meant he was doing something he loved.

"He has been jumping here for decades and he's done thousands and thousands of sky dives," said T.K Hayes.

His heart belonged to Skydive City in Zephyrhills.

Manager T.K Hayes said Curto was as close to a professional skydiver as you could get.

"I would invite him on any skydive I'd be on because he would be one of those guys you could trust to get the job done and not screw it up and certainly not complain or whine about it," Hayes said.

When he received the news about Curto's death he was caught off guard.

Deputies with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said Curto fell out of a plane at a Land O'Lakes airshow.

He was wearing a parachute, but it never opened.

"I really miss him we don't understand," said Annamarie Hammond.

Over the last ten years Annemarie Hammond jumped with Curto on numerous skydives.

"In the air that was his element he was spot on," she said.

Curto recently retired and had been spending more time in the sky after his wife lost her battle with cancer.

"He was fast he was good and he would work with other newer jumpers really patient," she said.

Hammond remembers a recent jump with Curto.

A star formation dive.

Skydivers call it difficult and she said it needed the type of experience Curto had.

"I could always count on him to be in his slot wherever I put him he was there," she said.

Those close to Curto said they won't soon forget him.

They will just look to the sky to remember their friend.

"I think he is at peace and I think we all want to believe he is together with his wife now," Hammond said.

Investigators are still working to find out what happened to Curto.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have taken over the investigation.

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