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Zeke Wilson and his wife went BASE jumping with friends in Portugal over the weekend. On his last jump, the wind took hold of his parachute after he deployed it, blowing him backwards into the side of a cliff.

Monday, July 29th 2019, 10:41 PM EDT by Jake Chapman

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Tuesday, July 30th 2019, 6:04 AM EDT

The Rossville community is mourning the loss of a business owner who died while BASE jumping in Portugal.   

Thirty-five-year-old Zeke Wilson died Saturday.

BASE jumping is a form of parachuting. BASE is an acronym that stands for the four categories of fixed objects one can jump from, which includes a building, antenna, span or cliff.

Zeke was in Portugal with his wife, Haley. Haley’s mother tells Channel 3, Zeke was a family man who dearly loved his children.

“We are all just heart broken right now,” said Zeke’s mother-in-law, Heather Kelly.

Heather Kelly will never forget the last time she saw Zeke, remembering how much he loved her daughter Haley and their two children.

“How he interacts with his kids. He just loves his kids. He plays with them all the time. He has daddy daughter dates with his daughter all the time,” said Kelly. “Just the day before they left, they had a daughter-daddy date and a mommy-son date and they all did their own thing before they left.”

Zeke’s father-in-law James Bryson says Zeke’s personality could light up any room.

“He’s an unforgettable person every time anyone ever met him. Anyone that’s ever met him before would say ‘oh yeah, Zeke!’ You’d say his name and the boy would pop up and show his personality,” recalled Bryson.

Zeke and his wife went BASE jumping with friends in Portugal over the weekend. On his last jump, the wind took hold of his parachute after he deployed it, blowing him backwards into the side of a cliff.

He later died from his injuries.

“Haley was afraid to come home without Zeke knowing that the kids are going to know something is wrong and be a big shock. She wanted them to know what was going on before she came home,” said Kelly.

Haley is still in Portugal trying to get Zeke home. He will be cremated there and that could delay her return.

Kelly wants to make sure her daughter can get home to her children during this tragic situation.

“Right now she shouldn’t have to worry about getting home. I mean, whatever burden I can take off her right now, I need to try,” said Kelly.

Kelly created a GoFundMe page to help the family get through this tough time. Click here to make a donation.

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