Dwight L. Small

Dwight L. Small

Dwight L. Small

Dwight L. Small


Captain Dwight Small flew west on the evening of Sunday, March 8, 2020 after a brief illness.

Born in Watertown, South Dakota on August 19, 1938, Dwight developed a lifelong passion for aviation beginning at an early age. While in high school, he worked nights and weekends to pay for flight lessons and earned his private pilot license at age seventeen. After high school, he joined the Navy for three years, received an honorable discharge, attended South Dakota State University then moved to California, where he successfully pursued his dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot. He was hired by Flying Tigers in 1965 (Flying Tigers was later acquired by FedEx) and remained a captain until his retirement in 1998.

Dwight moved to Napa with his wife and daughters in 1975. He spent many hours at the Napa Airport, talking airplanes over coffee with the guys at Jonesy’s and flying his yellow Cub. After retiring from commercial aviation, he moved to Arizona. He continued to fly his Super Legend Cub up until a week prior to his death.

Dwight is survived by his wife of thirty-two years, Carol Ann Small, his daughters Sheila Small (David Rivera) and Susan Meader and their mother, Marguerite Small, granddaughter Erin Meader, his sister Donna (Ken) Yocom and brothers Gayle (Dorothy) Small, Rick (Sharon) Small, Michael (Cindy) Small and Steven (Annie) Small.

Dwight was preceded in death by his parents Lewis D. and Alma and four brothers, Roger, Dan, Larry and Roland Small.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Napa at a date to be determined.

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