"I just felt like Ian was a special, close friend, something needed to be done," Hunter White said last Wednesday afternoon. He had just planted a tree dedicated to Ian McFate on a new spur of the South Tama Recreation Trail near the STC?Elementary School.
Wednesday was the anniversary of the tragic death of Ian, a South Tama cross country team member who was struck by a car while taking part in a team practice while crossing a roadway intersecting the recreation trail.
On Wednesday, Ian's freshmen class members, the cross country team and other students and faculty joined with McFate family members to watch Hunter plant Ian's tree and to remember him.
Hunter White plants a memorial Maple tree in remembrance of his friend, Ian McFate. South Tama High School Principal Roy Frakes steadies the tree as members of Ian’s class and the cross country team look on. Chronicle photos/John Speer
South Tama Schools Superintendent Kerri Nelson spoke of Ian's spirit and credited White for his work to honor the memory of his friend.
The memorial is located in a landscaped area northwest of the elementary building in Tama.