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Crane collapse victim had a passion for heights

Terry Weaver. Source: Terry's family. Terry Weaver. Source: Terry's family.

An East Texas man was one of two killed when their construction crane collapsed at a college campus.

Terry Weaver, 50, of Grand Saline, died in the collapse Saturday on the U.T. Dallas college campus in Richardson. Onlookers say gusty winds and storms may have been a factor. 

Weaver loved life from a skyline view. It was from up there that Weaver made a living for his family.

"He loved heights. Heights was one thing that he was not scared of," said Derek Weaver, Terry's son. "I remember everywhere we would go he would see structures or monuments and he would say 'I would like to be able to climb that.'"

Derek says his dad traveled the country operating cranes. His father helped operate cranes, constructing several buildings in Dallas, Boston and Las Vegas. Derek says his dad knew his job could be risky. 

"As far as being angry at the company he worked for or who owned the crane, no, not at all. It's part of the job," said Derek.      

Witnesses say gusty winds may have caused the crane to topple over. Monday, OSHA was on site with engineers investigating the damage. Derek believes there's no way anyone could have predicted this deadly collapse.  

"When it's your time, it's your time," he said. "Unfortunately, this is the way he passed away, but he wanted to pass away doing what he loved and without a doubt, he loved tower cranes.  

Derek says his dad was known for wearing a red construction hat wrapped in black electrical tape.

"Anywhere you went you could see that hard hat and you knew who it was," said Derek. "So, if there were people who just showed up on the jobsite, and who knows how high up in the air and they saw that red hard hat, they knew who he was."
More than anything, Derek wants his dad's red construction hat back. A sign of his father's passion for life from a different view. 

A memorial for Terry Weaver will be held on Thursday in Van. 

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