Photo: Memorial for flying Samaritan

The Rev. James Blades eulogizes James Thornton, who died in an airplane crash in Mexico on Oct. 16, at First Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo on Saturday.

Thornton, a plastic surgeon who lived in Arroyo Grande and kept his office in San Luis Obispo, was with three others who were on a medical mission with the all-volunteer group Flying Samaritans when their plane crashed in Baja California. All were killed.