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Dennert family thanks community for support

Tyson Dennert
Tyson Dennert

Update 9:35 a.m.: The Dennert family has released the following statement:

"The Dennert family is deeply touched with the many expressions of love and caring, offers of help, and interest in the well being that has been so graciously expressed for our family as well as for the Hansons and Naylors in the aftermath of our recent tragedy. We mourn along with those good families who have become tightly intertwined with ours over the years. We hope that others will join us in prayer for the recovery of both body and mind of the injured, and for all affected families to eventually find peace and fully reconcile with the sudden change in life’s direction.

We are so very thankful for the time we shared with Tyson. His dedication to his young family as well as his honest, faithful commitment to living as a disciple of Christ while finding ways to enjoy life along the way will be a long lasting example to all of us who were blessed to know him. Tyson was born and raised in Idaho Falls. He served a two-year volunteer mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Saltillo, Mexico. Shortly after returning home, he married his high school sweetheart, Jessica Hansen. Ty graduated from BYU with a degree in Microbiology with high honors and completed the pre-dental program there. He was currently a second-year student at the University Of Washington School Of Dentistry.  He leaves behind his wife, a three-year-old daughter, one-year-old son, and a third child who is due in the spring.  Our family is very grateful for our knowledge of God's love despite life's tragedies, the reality of the Resurrection, and the eternal nature of families. Tyson was, and we know still is, a very faithful, good, honest man with whom we will have a joyous reunion someday when we also make the journey to the other side, along with the others who left us in this tragedy and those who have gone before.

So many have reached out with love, support, prayers and offers of help.  We are humbled by how extensive such offers have been, particularly from our local and even regional congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and from our wonderful brothers and sisters of the Idaho Falls Fire Dept. where his father, two uncles, and his brother-in-law are long time members. So many of you have gone way out of your way to assist. Words cannot properly express our gratitude for what so many have expressed and done to bless our lives as we work through this difficult time. We love you.  You’re assistance has been incredible. We are also very thankful to the first responders in the Chamberlain area. We have some understanding of the difficult situation you had to respond under, yet did so with great dedication. We are so thankful that you were able to give needed care to the survivors. We can never repay you!

As we leave this Thanksgiving season and move into the Christmas season, may we all take the time to be a little more thankful for all of our blessings so we recognize more of them than we otherwise would without contemplation. Then, let’s turn our hearts towards the Christmas season with thankfulness for the mission, teachings, and Atonement of our Savior. May we all focus more on drawing closer to our families, friends, and increasing our love and faith in God so that we may more fully realize how blessed we are and be able to find lasting joy despite the various difficulties of mortal life."


The first two funeral services have been released for two of the nine victims in the plane crash on November 30.

Kerry Hammon, the spokeswoman for the Idaho Falls Department, says services for Tyson Barry Dennert will be held on Saturday, December 14 at the Eagle Rock Stake Center at 2020 S. Charlotte Drive in Idaho Falls.

Visitation will be on December 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Village Park Ward building at 1345 Clarence Drive, and December 14th from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the stake center.

He will be buried at the Ammon Cemetary.

Dennert's father, Barry is a member of the Idaho Falls Fire Department.

According to Wood Funeral home, Matthew Kyle Naylor of Las Vegas is scheduled for December 11 at the Twin Falls Stake Center.

Visitation for the 28-year-old is from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service.

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