Durango to honor Blue Angels pilot killed in crash on Saturday


Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss of Durango, Colo.

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DURANGO, Colo. — Blue Angels Capt. Jeff Kuss, who was killed in a crash in Tennessee last week, will be honored by his hometown of Durango on Saturday.

A private motorcade of family and friends will begin a procession from 32nd Street south down Main Avenue to Greenmount Cemetery beginning at 11 a.m.

The family has asked the public to line the motorcade route to show support for Kuss’ family and his military service. People are being encouraged to wave flags, and blue and yellow ribbons, or stand at attention.

There will be a private service at the cemetery from noon to 1 p.m., but there will be a 21-gun salute and a flyover by the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312 over the town in the Missing Man formation.

Family and friends then can attend a reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fort Lewis College Student Union Building.

There will be several road closures in the southwest Colorado town for the motorcade.

  • The westbound lane on County Road 251 (between 32nd Street and County Road 250) will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The eastbound lane to County Road 250 will remain open.
  • Rolling road closures will begin at 11 a.m. as the motorcade proceeds from 32nd Street to Main Avenue south to College Drive. Side streets and southbound traffic will be stopped to allow the motorcade to travel south along Main Avenue.  From College Drive, the motorcade will turn right and travel north on Camino del Rio to Ninth Street, where it will go left and proceed to Greenmount Cemetery.
  • Northbound traffic will be stopped at the intersection of Camino del Rio (Highway 550) and College Drive and at the intersection of Camino del Rio and Main Avenue to allow the motorcade to pass.
  • Southbound traffic will be stopped at Ninth Street and Camino del Rio to allow the motorcade to pass.


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