Blackfoot city employees gathered at Jensen Grove Park for their annual summer picnic Wednesday evening but not without stopping to remember friend and colleague, longtime city councilman Farrell Cammack, who lost his battle with cancer in May.
Mayor Mike Virtue, along with friends and family members, were visibly moved and wiped away tears as the mayor talked about the loss of Cammack this spring.
"We miss him," Virtue said, speaking directly to Cammack's widow, Jylene. "We miss him...and he will not be forgotten."
Virtue presented Jylene with a plaque for her to take home, while unveiling a permanent plaque installed at the Jensen Grove picnic shelter in Cammack's memory.
Cammack was the longest-running city councilman in Blackfoot's history. At Tuesday's city council meeting, Virtue appointed Bart Brown to finish out Cammack's term as councilman.
Virtue also made a point to express his appreciation to the city employees at the picnic.
"It's not very often that you all are recognized in a positive light," Virtue said. "But I recognize it and I know the great job that you all do...and it is appreciated."