Vehicle parade this weekend to remember Emmett, Kade and Mason

THATCHER — A vehicle parade will take place this weekend to remember three high schoolers who lost their lives in a vehicle crash last year.

The Gila Valley Strong Memory Vehicle Drive in honor of Emmett, Kade and Mason, will travel along U.S. Highway 70 from three different starting locations Saturday, March 6.

● Participants in Greenlee County will leave from Duncan High School at 10 a.m. and travel west on Highway 70.

● Participants in Eden and Fort Thomas will leave from Fort Thomas High School at 10 a.m. and travel east.

● Participants from Pima, Thatcher and Safford will leave from Pima High School at about 10:20 a.m., falling in behind the group from Fort Thomas.

All three will meet for a remembrance ceremony at the Basha’s parking lot in Thatcher at about 10:45 a.m.

All drivers participating are encouraged to decorate their vehicles in local high school colors of red, green or blue. Excessive speed is prohibited, and social distancing and mask wearing is encouraged.

Emmett “Goob” Darnell, of Duncan, Kade Nelson, of Thatcher, and Mason Gann, of Pima and a FTHS student, died Feb. 21, 2020, when the van they were riding in rolled over during the trip home from a field trip to Phoenix.