Friends of the man killed in a crash on Highway 2 near Airdrie on Wednesday have set up a trust fund for his family.

Mark Manns was killed when when his pickup truck lost control on poor road conditions, flipped over the centre barrier and was hit by an oncoming semi.

Mark Manns family

Mark Manns left behind two young boys after a fatal collision near Airdrie on Wednesday. (Submitted by Peter Jacoby)

The Calgary paramedic worked in central Alberta and was on his way to work in Coronation when the crash happened.

"Mark was an exceptional EMT with four years of service," said the East Central Ambulance Association (ECAA) in a release.

"He was well respected and had worked at all three Stations (Castor, Coronation and Consort). During his time with ECAA, Mark touched many people with his passion for EMS and truly cared for his patients."

Mark Manns with wife

Mark Manns had been married to his wife Stephanie for 10 years. (Submitted by Peter Jacoby)

Manns leaves behind two young sons and a wife, and his friends say he was the primary provider for the family. 

"He was, you know, really genuine, really generous person," said Peter Jacoby.

"He was always willing to be a friend and work through a problem with you, or share a laugh. Or, you know, go on an adventure. Talk about crazy ideas. He was really a great friend."

Anyone interested in making a contribution can email for details.