had so much integrity, talent and creativity. It is a loss for
everyone that knew him."
Paul Mumford Jr., a Yorba Linda businessman and friend of Premer,
was the pilot of the twin-engine aircraft -- a PA-32 Cherokee 6 --
and was also killed in the crash, which occurred shortly after the
plane took off at about 3:40 p.m.
Premer worked as a communications specialist at the hospital
before striking out on his own.
Premer took over as the Toshiba Senior Classic's media director in
1997 when the hospital took over as the lead charity. The event is
held each March at the Newport Beach Country Club.
It was then that the Costa Mesa resident and Cal State Fullerton
graduate met Purser.
Premer managed all media relations and was integral in the
planning and marketing of the PGA Champions Tour event. He continued
to write freelance articles for Hoag publications.
Purser and Premer would golf regularly, go to lunch and play
"He was as important to the operation as the rest of my team,"
Purser said. "He was part of the planning and implementation and
understood the tournament so well. There was not one person as
intimately involved as Chris. I can't imagine someone replacing him."
Premer, who was single, is survived by his parents, Ted and Sandy
Premer; older brother Tony, a Newport Beach resident; and sister
Connie Smith, a Costa Mesa resident.
Family members described Premer as a sports enthusiast and
passionate writer who had a way with words. Premer and Mumford were
flying to Oakland to attend the first game of the baseball division
series between the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics. Premer was
scheduled to then fly to Kansas City, Mo. for this Sunday's NFL game
between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs.
"He had a great deal of love and loved working with people," Tony
Premer, 42, said.
The Premer brothers would play basketball once a week at Tony's
house. Chris Premer would be the first one his brother would call.
Tony Premer and his wife, Colleen, have three boys: Nick, Shane
and Max. Chris Premer would often watch the children play soccer,
basketball and baseball.
"I was working on getting Chris set up to coach a team, but
obviously, that won't happen," Tony said. "The kids called him 'Uncle
Ted and Sandy Premer moved to Dallas nine years ago Wednesday, the
day of the crash.
"It is a numbing experience, almost surreal," Ted Premer said.
"Chris was witty, articulate and had a way with words. He could make
stories and comments jump out at you. He was a joy to have around and
could carry a crowd."
Services are pending, but Ted Premer said the family hopes to have
more details by the end of Monday.
Since Hoag took over as the primary sponsor six years ago,
proceeds from the event have exceeded $5.7 million in cash donations.
In-kind donations have exceeded $7 million. Both figures are the most
for any Champions Tour event.
* BRYCE ALDERTON is a sports writer for the Daily Pilot. He can be
reached (949) 574-4222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.