September 10, 1997 in Idaho

Truck Boom Kills Pinehurst Man


A 56-year-old Pinehurst man died Monday in a logging accident, the fifth timber-related fatality in North Idaho since May.

Houston “Jack” L. White, a crane operator, was killed at Johns Creek near Emida when a truck boom fell on him, Benewah County Undersheriff Jeanne Miller said. White was repairing a broken cable on the boom when it fell about 12:30 p.m., Miller said.

White, an avid outdoorsman, left behind his wife, Ronee, son Corry of Kellogg and daughter Trudy Hespelt of Twin Lakes.

White’s death is the third fatality related to tree cutting or the timber industry in the past two weeks and the fifth since May.

A 49-year-old Cataldo man died last week while cutting firewood. Donald Johns was found by his 17-year-old son about 2-1/2 miles from his home under an overturned tractor.

Two weeks ago, Jerry Davis, a 33-year-old Crown Pacific’s Bonners Ferry mill worker, was killed after the dump truck tire he was unloading exploded.

Denny Triebwasser, a 48-year-old Post Falls man, died in June after being pulled into the conveyor he was trying to fix at Idaho Veneer’s plant in Post Falls. And in May, 43-year-old St. Maries resident Craig Jensen was killed while skidding trees near Carlin Bay.

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