POSTED: Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 9:53pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am
A prominent McAllen attorney is dead tonight...William Peisen died this morning when his plane crashed in Edinburg.
Peisen piloted this small private aircraft headed near Houston.
His Cessna T-210N crashed at the intersection of Monte Cristo Road and Jackson, in an orchard.
News Center 23 spoke with fellow lawyers and judges about Pesien's death.
When asked what type of man Bill Peisen was, Here's what came to his friend's minds...family man, gentleman, and extraordinary law man.
"It's sad that this happened at such a young age."
Fellow attorney, Joe Cisneros says, his friend, 51-year old, Bill Peisen was too young to die.
"I held him in high esteem, as a lawyer, as a friend."
Peisen died, after accidentally crashing a Cessna plane, he was flying, into an orchard, shortly after take-off.
"I was totally shocked, and I couldn't believe it."
This former U.S. Magistrate District Judge says, Peisen was a one-of-a kind lawyer.
"Very easy-going, fella, laidback, in his style of trying cases, qualified, confident, and very ethical."
And other "Who's Who" of Hidalgo County say, they feel lucky to have known Bill.
"He was a gentlemen's gentleman, he was a lawyer's lawyer, he was a man from this community, who was well respected," State Representative, Aaron Pena, says.
District Judge--206th Court, Rose Reyna says, "Bill was always one of those extraordinary lawyers extremely professional, always courteous, always kind, always had a smile, always prepared, he was always nice to have in the courtroom, because he was a gentleman."
Fellow Attorney, R.D. Bobby Guerra says, "Bill and I go back many many years, he was a dear, dear friend, and the loss was, I don't know how to express it, my heart, I don't know what to say."
State Representative for District 41, Veronica Gonzales says,
"I think it took everyone by surprise because he was such a good man, full of life, I don't know one person that didn't like or say a bad word about Bill Peisen."
"I'm gonna miss him, the judges will miss him, because of the way that he was."
Cisneros says, Bill's passing today, really made him think.
"I've always said this, life, is the most precious gift, is life itself, and you want to protect it, as long as you can."
Peisen practiced law in Hidalgo County, since 1984.
In addition to being an attorney, Peisen served on McAllen's Independent School District board.
He leaves behind, his wife, Val LaMantia Peisen and his five kids, Marty, Grant, Lisa Marie, Alex, and Jessica.
In a statement to News Center 23, the family wants to thank the community for their supporty and sympathy during this tough time.