Pro skier Timy Dutton killed while skydiving

Jason Abraham

Timy Dutton, a pro skier and Squaw Valley native, was killed Tuesday in a skydiving accident.

Professional skier Timy Dutton was killed Tuesday in a skydiving accident in Acampo, Calif. He was 27.

Dutton jumped from an airplane along with three friends at about 1 p.m., according to Bill Dause, owner of the Parachute Center, where the accident took place.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office responded to an emergency call at the Parachute Center at about 1:30 p.m.

"When our deputies arrived, they were told two skydivers had jumped from the plane and collided," deputy Les Garcia said. "One of the skydivers landed and had an injured leg. The second skydiver was missing. We conducted a search and we found the second skydiver deceased with an undeployed parachute."

The investigation was then turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration, Garcia said, and a coroner's investigation is still under way.

"He made no attempt to pull his parachute," Dause told "None of the equipment failed. Both men were extremely experienced jumpers and they were doing something they'd done many times before." 

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Dutton was known at "Timy Backflips," a trick he did often.

Dutton, a Squaw Valley, Calif., native, competed on the Freeride World Tour for three years and was well-known in the ski community as "Timy Backflips" and "Rubber Ducky" for his love of freeskiing and his talent in the air. In 2009, he broke onto the competitive big-mountain scene with wins at the Freeskiing World Tour stops at Kirkwood, Calif., and Alyeska, Alaska, earning himself a coveted spot on the Freeride World Tour starting in 2010.

After competing for three years, he decided in 2014 to move on from competition.

"Due to the very demanding schedule of the tours, I decided to move away from them and pursue other goals in the sport," Dutton told this month. "The Squaw Valley mentality is always to give back to the sport that has given us so much."

Dutton was an experienced BASE jumper, skydiver and big-mountain skier, and he credited Squaw Valley BASE jumping legend JT Holmes as his mentor.

"Timy approaches skydiving and BASE jumping patiently and with a deep respect," Holmes said in a previous interview. "Not ignoring the fundamentals or taking dangerous shortcuts as so many others do."

Dutton appeared in Matchstick Productions' 2010 movie, "The Way I See It," and in several films from Warren Miller Entertainment. Just days before his death, Dutton was filming with Poor Boyz Productions for an online edit.

"The snow for the edit was really marginal but Timy was just smiles the whole time, always asking if he could help, even if it meant carrying camera gear," said John Decesare, owner of Poor Boyz Productions, who filmed with Dutton this week. "He didn't care about the conditions -- he just seemed psyched to be on the hill skiing and he came early every day to make sure he didn't miss a second of ski time. In the ski community, Timy will be remembered as the guy who made you smile and reflect on the joy of sports, and a lover of life."

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