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Eastern Iowa honors Max Morrison, Taylor Morris shares memories


A small town came out in a big way Saturday for the victim of a fatal plane crash last year. A benefit in Traer honored Max Morrison.

Morrison was a passenger in a plane that crashed after hitting power lines last November near Clutier. The pilot, Bill Konicek, died in the crash. His 1946 Taylorcraft BC 12-D hit power lines then crashed.

A similar benefit was held for Konicek last month. Many people wanted to show their support for Morrison. Family members say he loved to help others. 

"He was always visiting people in the hospitals and nursing homes," said Sue Morrison, Max's wife. 

So after Morrison was injured in a plane crash, the town of Traer wanted to help. Morrison later died from his injuries and the benefit in his honor grew.

"Max was just an integral part of our community and always helping out so we wanted to turn around and help Max and his family with this benefit.," said Carri Holst, a family friend.

More than 600 people attended the benefit. That's more than a third of Traer's population. It's the power of a small town.

"Things like this it's very nice," said Mike Morrison, Max's son. "Everybody knows everybody and rallies behind each other.

The crowd included a very special guest---U.S. Navy EOD Technician Taylor Morris. Taylor's grandfather, Sid, was a friend of Max Morrison's. Taylor and Max had also met.

"I was talking to Max a bit while he was in the hospital," said Morris. "I spent a lot of time in the hospital, too."

Taylor Morris lost portions of his arms and both legs in may while serving in Afghanistan, and continues to recover at Walter Reed Medical Center.

"There's a lot of stuff I'm doing kind of extra-curricular that I count as recovery time," said Morris. "Walking around going to see different things and all that. Just trying to get back into life a little bit, getting out of the hospital and just getting out there."

Morris was even walking around the event in honor of a man known for "a moustache, a smile, and a hug."

"It represents what max was all about," said Holst. "He was always coming at you with a smile and a hug and of course his signature mustache so that was just a good way for the family to remember him"

Max Morrison also helped bring a small, independent film to Tama County. A Place for Heroes was filmed in Traer and Clutier and is due to be released later this year. The film's crew says it never would have happened without Morrison's help.

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