Estes Park crash: Procession for air tank pilot to include air tribute

LOVELAND, Colorado (KDVR) – Fallen air tank pilot Marc Thor Olson will be honored Monday morning with a procession in northern Colorado.

The procession begins at 10 a.m. at the Larimer County Coroner’s Office, where first aiders transport Olson to the Heer Funeral Home in Fort Morgan.

The procession will also include an air tribute where airplanes fly along the procession route throughout the process.

“It’s going to be pretty powerful, I’m sure,” said Loveland Fire Captain Mark Lyons. “When you add an air show to it, whether it’s a helicopter or an airplane, it definitely adds another element to it.”

Lyons helps plan the procession, as part of his role with the Loveland Honor Guard.

He was asked to place a flag over Olson’s body at the crash site Tuesday night. “It was a little emotional,” he said. “But that was what had to be done to honor him.”

Lyons expects a large community participation Monday to honor the Air Force veteran and firefighter.

“We welcome anyone who wants to come out and pay tribute,” he said. “It’s a big loss for the fire community.”

The route is east on Prospect to Interstate 25 to Highway 34 to merge onto Interstate 76 to exit 75 (I-76 business loop / Platte Avenue) into Ft. Morgan. The procession ends at Heer Funeral Home, 225 E. Platte Avenue, Fort Morgan.

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