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Friends, family say final goodbyes to man killed in crash

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Those who knew 20-year-old Mark Harken of Prairie Village came together Sunday to share stories, just a week after he and 18-year-old Clayton Miller of Kansas City, MO, were killed in a car crash on their way to Lake of the Ozarks. Those who knew 20-year-old Mark Harken of Prairie Village came together Sunday to share stories, just a week after he and 18-year-old Clayton Miller of Kansas City, MO, were killed in a car crash on their way to Lake of the Ozarks.
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -

Friends and family are remembering a young man from Kansas whose life ended too soon.

Those who knew 20-year-old Mark Harken of Prairie Village came together Sunday to share stories, just a week after he and 18-year-old Clayton Miller of Kansas City, MO, were killed in a car crash on their way to Lake of the Ozarks.

Harken's friends and family say Harken loved campfires, so they lit small fire pits in the park in his honor. And while many mourned his tragic passing, everyone also took time to reflect and remember.

"Adventure is the best word I have for Mark," said Harken's life-long friend, Jenna Engelken.

Engelken said Harken loved spending time outdoors and sitting with his friends around a fire.

"He just always wanted to create something new or find something. He never liked sitting still," Engelken said.

She and Harken's other friends will remember him every summer through camping trips and bonding with nature.

"He was always just there. He was always there if you needed a friend," Engelken said.

Remembering Harken brings a lot of sadness for Engelken and others, and that's why his friends wrote letters to him.

"It is really helpful for grieving and closure for people who don't really know how to," Engelken said.

They burned the notes in the campfires Harken was so fond of. Engelken wrote about her favorite times with her friend.

"How I'm going to miss camping with him. How I'm going to miss the Engelken and Harken kids together and how much joy he brought me," she said.

Harken was a Boy Scout and head-team builder of robotics at Shawnee Mission East. His family is asking that donations go to Boy Scouts of America Troop 91 for camp scholarships.

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