Urana was united in sadness on Friday as more than 700 people paid their final respects to Jeremy Martin-Heath, who died in a single vehicle accident earlier this month.
St Fiacres Catholic Church overflowed for the funeral of the 20-year-old who loved playing football for Billabong Crows, farm life and his employment as an apprentice diesel mechanic.
Father Henry Ibe said nothing he had learnt in the seminary could adequately prepare him for moments such as Martin-Heath's death and resultant impact on the tight-knit rural community.
"It is unique," he said.
"It has united everyone, everyone has come together for one purpose, sharing in the grief and the tragedy."
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Martin-Heath was the middle child of parents, John and Renee, who pre-deceased him, and attended St Francis Xavier Primary School and St Paul's College, Walla.
His love of a good time once led him to cracking a stock whip in the boarders' dormitory which set off the internal sprinkler system and sparked an evacuation.
After completing high school, Martin-Heath worked on Tom Dowling's farm with his boss soon learning he had a good employee when he arrived 30 minutes early each day for the first week.
"He was always happy to go up north and put in the big hours (at harvest time)," Mr Dowling said as part of the eulogy.
"His mates always knew when Jeremy had done a night shift because they would wake up in the morning to 50 Snapchats of him on the tractor."
Mr Dowling said one of Martin-Heath's proudest moments was when he harvested crops on the Heath family farm and had recently commenced his second year of a diesel mechanic apprenticeship at Days Logistics.
Martin-Heath captained the Crows' reserves and won the best and fairest in 2018 at the club where his grand-father Kevin is the president.
"He was always easy to spot, No.37 or the bloke with the red hair sticking out of the helmet," Mr Dowling said.
"He was the quietest captain to ever lead a team, but what he lacked in words he gave in heart.
"He was a tough footballer, always going in hard to support his team."
The Crows have raised more than $10,000 to support the Martin family with club tie's produced ahead of the funeral sold out.
Prayers of the faithful were read by retired school principal Therese McFarlane.