Family and friends are mourning the loss of Michael Holcomb, a father of three, who died in a fatal car accident Tuesday after being hit by a semi-truck on Interstate 80.
"He was a good dad. He was a great husband to my mom. He always put family first," said Jared Holcomb, Michael Holcomb's son. Holcomb also has two daughters and is survived by his wife.
Friends said Holcomb was very active in his community, and his church, but especially with his Boy Scouts troop in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was the committee chair of Troop 550 and a scout leader.
Jared said he just made Eagle scout last week, and his father was very proud of him.
"He was very, very excited," said Jared.
"He was very affectionate toward his family he was proud of them. Everything they did he was very proud of--they took center stage," said Terry Carberry, Holcomb's friend of nine years and a fellow scout leader.
Authorities said Holcomb's Jeep Cherokee had possible mechanical problems and was parked on the inside shoulder. Witnesses said Holcomb was outside of the vehicle on foot when he stepped into the traffic lane and was hit by an eastbound semi-truck.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Now the troop that spent days together camping, going on trips, and climbing mountains said they are grappling with how they will cope with their popular scout leader gone.
"We're going to go on a mountain trip, and he won't be with us. That's going to be hard," said Carberry.