The shooting and subsequent police standoff on Sunday in Great Falls was shocking to our community – particularly the neighbors, some of whom were evacuated from their homes and others who went into “lockdown” mode for up to 8 hours – but imagine being in Idaho Falls, where the victim Lence Mortensen, is from. He was in Great Falls to check on his property when – according to the police – he was shot and killed by Mark Frantzich.
We’re learning more about Frantzich – and will learn more as he is brought to trial – but we don’t know very much about Mortensen. Here is what an Idaho Falls TV station has posted on their website from his family:
The family of Lence Mortensen appreciates the outpouring of concern and love shown to us during this very difficult time in our lives. Lence was…simply performing maintenance on apartments that he owned in Great Falls when he encountered this senseless violence…Lence was a quiet, humble man who was completely dedicated to his wife of ten years and his five children, ages 8 years to 8 months. He was an Eagle Scout, served a two year mission in Australia for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, held two Master’s degrees…and was employed as the Chief Financial Officer at Qualtech. Having Lence gone from our lives is a loss that no words can describe and understanding why this happened will always be impossible. We would ask that the privacy of our family be respected during this tragic time.
The KPVI website says that donations for the family are being accepted at Wells Fargo locations – but I don’t know if that is only in the Idaho Falls area, or can be done here in Great Falls, too.