Memorial service held for Boise pilot killed in plane crash



Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 4:53 PM

Hundreds pay tribute to Adam Shandro

BOISE -- Friends and family of the Boise pilot who lost his life last week in a plane crash gathered this morning at Julia Davis Park.

On Monday, the remains of 36-year-old Adam Shandro were brought down by search and rescue crews from the Sawtooth Mountains.

Today, those who knew him best shared stories about Adam during a m emorial service.

Hundreds of people were there and all of them say they knew Adam very well.

Some shared stories about outdoor trips and others talked about how much he wil be missed.

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Shandro piloted a small plane out of the Boise Airport last Wednesday and was never heard from again.

The Elmore County Sheriff says his Cessna 182 flew directly into the side of a mountain north of Atlanta.

Bad weather initially hampered those efforts until Monday when crews went up in two Blackhawk helicopters and found Shandro's body and brought him home.

We spoke with his wife, Lori Shandro as the service wrapped up. She was "happy and heartwarmed" by the big turnout, saying she was not surprised because Adam had many friends. This was an opportunity to share in the loss and find a way to move on as her huband would have wanted.

After the memorial service, mourners placed roses in the Boise River and watched them float down stream. Many said this was a fitting tribute to Adam who loved kayaking and the outdoors.