The gathering, with proceeds benefiting the Thurston family was organized by a cousin Tina Ekker. What she envisioned as a humble get-together soon blossomed into a major event including dignitaries, residents and firefighters from across Utah and Arizona.
“As this thing grew and grew,” Ekker said. “I don’t know what I would have done without the BLM, the department.”
The event included a message from Utah Governor Gary Herbert offering praise for Thurston and condolences to the Thurston family.