Sheriff, paper appreciated in 'closure' hike

Tuesday , July 15, 2014 - 2:12 PM



Shortly after 1 a.m. on Dec. 18, 1977, a huge Jet crashed on Ed’s Peak just to the east of where I live. It was a cargo mail plane and all three

members of the crew were killed. Through what seemed a miracle, I was able to contact the wife of the youngest crewman who lived in Illinois. This was a tragic loss for the family, there was a widow, a young boy of 11 and a young girl of 9. Over the years, I have been able to help this family by arranging for trips up to the crash sight with the help of the Davis County Sheriff’s office.

In 1979, I, my husband, the widow and her brother and a group from the Davis County mounted posse rode horses to the crash site. Twenty years later, the son came and again the Davis County mounted posse made it possible for two of my sons, Steven Simpson, Jr. and members of the posse to ride horses to the crash site. Last Wednesday, July 9, 2014 the youngest child of Steve Simpson, Sr. flew from Illinois to Salt Lake to attempt the same feate! This time, I could not get horses, but the Davis County’s Search and Rescue team accompanied my son, grandson, Aimee-Lynn and her husband to the crash site. The Standard-Examiner camera man also was with them (July 10, “A hike for closure”). It is a hard hike, but after 5 1/2 hours, the group made it to the site. Aimee and her husband left this morning to return to Illinois, but the kindness of the Davis County Sheriff’s office, retired Davis County Sheriff “Dub” Larson cannot be measured (Dub walked the entire way at age 70.). She said the friendship and compassion shown to her and her husband will never be forgotten. Everyone who met the couple fell in love with them and they in turn fell in love with you.

Thank you Sheriff Richardson and the Standard-Examiner for all the support you gave to answer the nightmares which began in a small 9-year-old girl in 1977 and gave her closure in 2014. “In asmuch as you have done it unto these the least of my children, you have done it unto me.”

Margaret Brough


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