Five Caskets: Family Killed in Idaho Plane Crash Laid to Rest

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Five hearses carry caskets of family who died in Dec. 1st plane crash in Idahos back country.
  • San Jose Mercury News
  • Five hearses carry caskets of the family which died in a Dec. 1 plane crash in Idaho's backcountry.

A highly emotional funeral service was held Feb. 1 in San Jose, Calif., as five members of a family were remembered and laid to rest after being killed in a small plane crash in Idaho's backcountry.

The plane went missing Dec. 1 when Silicon Valley executive Dale Smith piloted himself and four family members on a trip from Oregon to Montana. The plane disappeared east of McCall after Smith reported engine trouble. The search had numerous stops and starts due to inclement weather, and an official search was called off Dec. 12. A primarily-volunteer search continued and on Jan. 10, Smith's family members posted on Facebook that they had spotted the wreckage.

This morning's San Jose Mercury News reports that five wooden caskets were placed in front of mourners during a three-hour service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in East San Jose as the victims were remembered for their faith and dedication.

The Mercury News reports that Smith's widow, Janis, was not scheduled to speak but in impromptu comments said that support from thousands of people had brought her "an overwhelming feeling of peace."