Gaylon is a Native-Texan born in 1948. He was raised by a dad who in 1955 realized his own dream to fly, became a pilot, and in 1963 launched Stamps Spraying Service.
Gaylon began his flying in 1964 and earned his Private Pilot License in 1967. In 1972, after 4 years in the US Air Force he came home to take his place as a pilot in the family business. In 1975, Gaylon was handed the reins of the business when his father took a seat as a corporate pilot. Gaylon’s ratings include Commercial, Instrument, Multi-Engine and Flight Instructor.
Over the past 5 decades Gaylon has trained 6 other ag pilots. His most recent trainee has been his son-in-law, Jason Davis who just completed 3,000 hours and his sixth season as an ag-pilot. Jason, his wife Carissa and their 3 children are the future of the family’s spraying service which has become S & D Spraying Service, Inc.
In the past Gaylon has served his community as an alderman, a school board trustee, a past president of the Rotary Club and an elder in his church. Gaylon has also served on the boards of Texas Agricultural Industries Association (TAIA) and West Texas Ag Chemicals Association (WTACA). He has long been active in the NAAA and the Texas AAA. He also is a member of New Mexico AAA and Oklahoma AAA. He is a past president of the TAAA and currently serves as the Texas Director on the NAAA Board of Directors. In 2006 he was elected to serve on the NAAREF Board of Directors and is honored to have been selected as PAASS presenter in 2005. In 2012 he was the NAAA Secretary, a position in which he was honored to serve.
Gaylon places the most importance in his life on family and friendships. He and his wife Pat have been married for 48 years, have 5 children and 15 grandchildren. Keeping his family in mind helps him realize the importance of flying safely.