Saturday, September 6, 2008

Huntsville Town Hotline

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Monday To Be Gene Wahlstrom Day 

Funeral arrangements have been announced for our resident hero, Mr. Gene Wahlstrom. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Lindquist Mortuary in Layton. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Huntsville LDS Chapel.

In honor of Gene and in celebration of his great life, we are proclaiming Monday, September 8, 2008 as GENE WAHLSTROM day.

Please honor Mr. Wahlstrom any way you feel appropriate. While flag etiquette does not specifically allow us to ask for flags to be flown at half staff, Gene was a fantastic individual and member of our community who deserves our highest honors. At a minimum, please fly your flag in honor of the Vietnam Vet turned Air Tanker Pilot who died serving others - mine will be at half staff.

While I only had the honor of meeting Gene a couple of times, he was the type of gentlemen who left a lasting impression. As a fellow pilot, I know he had one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, and Fire Air tanker pilots are known throughout the industry as some of the best. They push all of the envelopes on every mission - Heavy Weights, High Altitudes, Low level flying in mountainous areas on hot summer days and old equipment. Gene is a legend among the many friends, coworkers and neighbors who knew him best.

Click here to see Gene’s Obituary.

Huntsville is a better place because of you, Gene.  Thanks for your service and God Speed!


NOTE: Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons ordered flags at the Nevada State Capital to be flown at half staff on Friday in honor of the three firefighters who died in the crash. We attempted to call Governor Huntsman’s office on Friday and remembered all state offices are now closed Friday’s. A message was left for the Governor and we hope he will come through, just as Nevada’s Governor did.


Richard L. Sorensen

Huntsville Town Council Smile