Issac Ben GundersonIsaac Gunderson

DeAndre Green

Isaac was a very bright, outgoing, caring young man. He was 16 years old. He lived in Menan, Idaho. Isaac, his dad, and one other man were flying home from a small town in Wyoming where they were helping build a church. Upon arriving at a private strip the plane crashed, killing all on board.


PR obituary

Isaac Ben Gunderson, 16, of Menan, Idaho, died Monday, July 18, 2011, in Grace, Idaho, from injuries suffered in a plane crash.

He was born Dec. 31, 1994, in Rexburg, Idaho, to Norman Ben Gunderson and Lauren Andersen Gunderson. He attended Midway Elementary School, Rigby Jr. High School and Rigby High School, and participated in football and band and had enrolled in Eastern Idaho Technical College.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in the Deacons Quorum presidency. He was very adventurous and outgoing. He enjoyed working with his father in electrical construction and recently began an electrical apprenticeship with him. His interests included riding motorcycles, camping, skateboarding, snowboarding, flying with his father and hanging out with his friends.

He is survived by his mother, Lauren Andersen Gunderson; twin sisters, Abbie and Amy Gunderson, 9, of Menan, and Sadie Gunderson, 19, of Idaho Falls; brother, Bryant Gunderson, 22, who is serving in the Arcadia, Calif., Mission for the LDS church; and grandmother, Nola Gunderson Hale of Menan.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Kay Ben Gunderson, and passed away with his father, Norman.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Menan LDS Stake Center at 698 N. 3600 East in Menan. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today, July 22, and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. Saturday at the Menan LDS Stake Center. Burial will be in Annis-Little Butte Cemetery under the care of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby. Condolences may be sent to the family online at




Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011 11:43 pm | Updated: 3:17 pm, Thu Jul 21, 2011.

By Michael | 1 comment


GRACE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say three people killed in a plane crash in southeastern Idaho were returning from a small Wyoming town where they were helping build a church.

Caribou County Sheriff Ric Anderson says the victims of Monday's crash near Grace were 35-year-old Kacey Crane of Grace along with 46-year-old pilot Norman Gunderson and his 16-year-old son, Isaac, both from Menan.

The trio was returning from Star Valley, Wyo., near the Idaho border. Authorities say the Gundersons planned on dropping Crane off at the Grace airport before continuing home.

The single-engine plane did a fly-by of the private landing strip and started to make a turn then crashed as it was banking.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.


GRACE — The names of the three people killed in a plane crash near Grace on Monday evening and some details of the crash have been released.

Norman Ben Gunderson, 46, and his 16-year-old son, Isaac Ben Gunderson both from Menan, and Kacey James Crane, 35, from Grace were all aboard.

According to officials at the scene, the aircraft is registered to Norman Gunderson. The crew had originally planned to land at the airport in Soda Springs, but for unknown reasons decided to land at the landing strip near Grace instead.

Officials say the aircraft circled the landing strip once, then came in for a landing. It is believed the aircraft may have lost power, but the cause of the crash is unknown at this point.

The left wing tip hit the ground, then the aircraft hit nose first into the ground and cartwheeled. The crash scene was about 350 to 400 feet long.

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