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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A forest service firefighter found dead in a rugged area of northern New Mexico was remembered Thursday as a devoted family man and prankster.
More than 200 people gathered for a memorial service for Token Adams, a 41-year-old engine captain who disappeared Aug. 30 while checking a report of smoke near Jemez Springs, where he lived with his pregnant wife, Hiedi and their 3-year-old son, Tristan.
Adams was missing for a week before searchers found his body under his crashed ATV on a steep incline.
His father-in-law, Dave Abbot, said Adams loved to tell jokes.
“He was a prankster. He would tell jokes to his crew and just laugh about the joke,” Abbott said. “They would only laugh because he was laughing so hard they started laughing along with him.”
He was also a good husband and father, with two children from a previous marriage, he said.
Abbott said Adams sought a transfer with the U.S. Forest Service from Texas to New Mexico after coming to the state to help fight the Las Conchas Fire, which burned 150,000 acres and threatened the town of Los Alamos and Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2011.
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