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Zach Snarr loved playing practical jokes.

His proudest moment came when he and his best friend, Dallin Wayment, got a buddy in hot water after providing the unsuspecting friend's address to a host of mail-order brides in a Far East country.Or when Zach was tired of people parking in front of his Sugar House home on Ramona Avenue. To remedy the problem, he and Wayment got the bright idea of spray-painting the curb a vibrant shade of fire-lane red.

Then there was the time at Christmas when Zach told his sister how to turn off the electricity at the breaker box as the Snarr family was preparing to display their home with seasonal lights.

" `Well, Syd, there are these two screws next to the switch, and what you do is you put your fingers on the screws and flip the switch with your thumb,' " Sydney Snarr said her brother explained. "Then I said, `Well, why do I do that?' and he said, `Because it saves Dad $10 every time.' "

And although the experience may have taught her not to be so gullible - she wasn't seriously injured and Zach "got into a lot of trouble for that" - the memory proved to be one of several lighter moments shared about the "energetic, loving and spiritual" teen.

Snarr's family and friends expressed their feelings Tuesday in paying tribute to the 18-year-old Highland High School graduate who was fatally shot last week near Little Dell Reservoir, east of Salt Lake City in Parleys Canyon.

Snarr's funeral was held just blocks from where the young man grew up, in the same LDS chapel and gymnasium that helped fashion the fabric of his life. Some 1,500 came to pay respects.

Dozens of U.S. flags, set up by members of the Boy Scouts of Amer-ica, waved outside the church in a comfortable, late-summer breeze. Snarr received his Eagle award just months prior to his death.

Inside, hundreds of Highland High School students, including members of the 1995-96 state champion hockey team, lined the back of the gym, as hundreds of other friends, relatives and community members attended the two-hour service.

They heard about Zach the preschooler, who at recess would save a tricycle for his friend; Zach the music lover, who enjoyed everything from Pearl Jam and Pink Floyd to Barry Manilow and live theater; Zach the globetrotter, who made trips to Mexico, Florida and Hawaii; Zach the lady charmer; and Zach the friend, as described by his older brother, who was with his friend Yvette Rodier, taking pictures of a full moon, at the time of his death.

"There is a bond there that will never be broken," Trent Snarr said. "I look so forward to embracing my brother and for the resurrection of the just. That will be a great day for me and my family."

Rodier, seriously wounded in the attack, was released from the hospital Sunday and attended the service, sharing in the sorrow and loss with fellow classmates and family members.

Seven of Zach's close associates paid tribute to their fallen friend with a touching instrumental version of guitarist Eric Clapton's "Tears In Heaven."

Vocalist Tawni Lawrence sang the beautiful "Come To My Garden" from the play "The Secret Garden," while the Highland High Madrigals performed the angelic spiritual "Go Ye Now In Peace."

Snarr's church leaders described the gifted photographer and talented hockey player as a "modern-day hero."

"The pattern of heaven is exhibited by the Snarr family," said Clark Campbell, Snarr's stake president. "They work together, worship together, laugh together and share one another's burdens . . . Part of Zach's mission was to touch each of us."

After the family was notified of the tragedy at 1 a.m. last Thursday, Campbell said Zach's father, Ron, walked around his neighborhood block, seeking guidance to know what to do, then he went home and they prayed as a family.

"Zach passed quickly when he left this earth," Campbell said. "His glorious spirit never touched the ground as he was caught up into the arms of his waiting grandfather. That was an earned blessing bestowed upon Zach."

Bishop Thomas Rockwood related a poignant experience that occurred the morning of the slaying. Zach's father was about to wake up his son to get him ready to go to work at the family owned lawn care service.

"(Ron) was expecting he would have to fight to get up his 18-year-old son, but there was Zach in the living room, all ready to go," Rockwood said. "Zach then said, `There you are, Paps. I've been waiting for you.'

"And because of Jesus Christ, Zach lives and will again greet his family, saying, `There you are. I've been waiting for you.' "

On its way to Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, the funeral cortege, with a Salt Lake County sheriff's motorcade leading the way, passed by Highland High School as students lined the road showing their respect.

The family has established a memorial fund in remembrance of Zachary Hans Snarr at First Security Bank to recognize students at Highland High who show excellence in photography and hockey.