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Mile-long funeral procession for Marek

A procession of empty log trucks file off Main Street in Grangeville Monday morning, Aug. 20, and south onto U.S. Highway 95 toward White Bird for graveside services for Thomas J. Marek, who died in an equipment accident last Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Photo by David Rauzi
A procession of empty log trucks file off Main Street in Grangeville Monday morning, Aug. 20, and south onto U.S. Highway 95 toward White Bird for graveside services for Thomas J. Marek, who died in an equipment accident last Tuesday, Aug. 14.



— At one point, traffic was backed up for more than a mile along U.S. Highway 95 in a funeral procession for Thomas J. Marek, who died in a logging equipment accident last week.

Close to 200 vehicles were involved on Monday morning, Aug. 20, following a rosary at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Grangeville, leaving south in an extended line along U.S. 95 that concluded nearly 18 miles later at White Bird Cemetery.

According to Blackmer Funeral Home, the procession lined up with the hearse, Marek’s work pickup, lowboy hauling his casket, loaded log truck, pallbearers, family and about 12 to 15 empty log trucks from the area, and close to 200 cars. About 550 people attended the service.

According to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, Marek died Tuesday, Aug. 14, while working on logging equipment on property just outside of Grangeville.

A full obituary is in this week’s Idaho County Free Press.



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