JENSEN BEACH, FL - James Dooms, member of the Cabinet Makers Association and secretary of its board of directors, died in an plane crash on Saturday, May 15. He was 39.

The North Palm Beach, FL, resident is survived by his wife, Paula.

Dooms' company, Charter Furniture and Designs, produces high-end casework and millwork, and serves designers and contractors as well as clients in the Palm Beach area. The website devoted to his true passion, action sports photography, bore the tagline "Creatively avoiding work since 1985!"

Dooms had plans to launch a third business, a beachside burrito shack, when he died near Jensen Beach. Witnesses said the Yak-52 plane sank into the Atlantic Ocean in a matter of seconds. Doons was a passenger in the two seat WWII vintage Russian flight trainer, which crashed while performing stunts as a fundraiser for the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association. 

The CMA has established a fund in Dooms’ memory, with proceeds to be donated in his name to the Surfrider Foundation, an organization dedicated to conserving the oceans.

To make a donation, contact Dave Grulke, CMA executive director at [email protected] or phone him at (414) 377-1340.

"James was a valued member of the CMA, an unusual talent, a respected leader and an inspiration to us," Grulke said. "His input and assistance helped our organization reach a higher level of professionalism, for which we will ever be grateful."
Read Cabinet Makers Association's press release.

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