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The Lopez family took a trip to Yellowstone National Park in August after a soccer tournament. Jhon Lopez, right, died unexpectedly on Sunday, leaving behind his wife, Kathy Chancon, and daughter, Madisson Lopez.

A Ketchum family is reeling from the death of Jhon Miguel Lopez-Macha, 37, who was accidentally crushed Sunday underneath a car when a jack failed to support the vehicle, leaving behind a wife and daughter.

“He was a wonderful husband,” said his wife, Kathy Chanco. “He was always there to help anyone because he had a big heart. He loved his daughter very much. He would have given his life for his family.”

Lopez-Macha came to the Wood River valley 15 years ago. He worked in the concrete trade and was an avid soccer player on local teams. His home is filled with trophies, Chanco said.

Restaurateur Angel Serva, who was a cousin to Lopez, said he was more “like a brother.”

“He was always ready to do something and never said no,” said Serva, who closed KB’s Burritos in Ketchum upon hearing of the tragedy. Serva said the company is planning to sell food to raise money so Lopez’s mother can travel from Peru to attend his funeral service Tuesday in Hailey.

“We’re trying to figure something out,” he said.

Lopez was working under an automobile when the accident occurred. He was found by his daughter, Madisson, who notified her mother that her father was not responding to her attention.

A 911 call was made and a group of eight people lifted the automobile from Lopez-Macha’s chest. He was transferred to St. Luke’s Wood River, where he was pronounced dead later in the day.

“It is such a shock,” Chanco said. “He was so healthy and doing fine. He always remembered his mother and sent money to her every month in Peru.”

Madisson, 6, is a first-grader at Ernest Hemingway STEAM School.

A wake was held Monday night at Wood River Chapel in Hailey. Another will take place Sunday from 6-9 p.m.

A funeral service will take place at the Hailey cemetery on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m.

A family member has set up a GoFundMe page and bank account to cover funeral costs and support the Lopez family survivors. To learn more, or to donate, go to bit.ly/2X9MTPT or contribute to the Jhon Lopez memorial fund at Wells Fargo Bank in Ketchum.

Email the writer: tevans@mtexpress.com

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