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In Loving Memory of Rusty Cheney & Support Fund for Anna and Her Children

Dear VARD Family,

We received the most horrible news: three of our dear friends, Andy Tyson, A.J. Linnell, and Russell “Rusty” Cheney died in a plane crash yesterday afternoon near Challis, Idaho.

As many of you know, Rusty is the husband of Anna Trentadue, VARD’s Program Director and Staff Attorney. In addition to Anna, he is survived by their two-year old son Frank and their newborn daughter, Jesse Payette.

We at VARD are at a loss for words and cannot begin to describe how much our hearts ache for the Cheney/Trentadue, Tyson, & Linell families.

Family and friends of Andy Tyson and AJ Linnell are encouraged to contact Jaime Musnicki she can be reached at 307-699-2049 or at

Family and friends of Russell Cheney can contact Linsey Hayes at 208-709-7964 or at


A fund has been set up to help defray costs, support Anna, Frank and Jesse with child care and all their basic needs.

There are two ways to  donate:

Send money directly to the Wells Fargo “Russell Cheney Memorial Fund” Account in Driggs, Idaho:  Wells Fargo Driggs Branch:  208-354-2200

Use  PayPal by clicking the donate button below.  (Incurs a small fee equivalent to $3.20 for every $100 donated)  PayPal email for account is:

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