Don McKay, Ferndale farmer, dies in Blaine parade accident

Longtime Ferndale resident Don McKay died after an accident during preparations for Blaine’s annual Fourth of July parade on Monday, officials said.

McKay was unloading an antique tractor from a trailer to show in the parade around 9 a.m., said Lisa Moeller, a spokeswoman for the Blaine Police Department.

The tractor ran him over and he died from the injuries, said Gary Goldfogel, Whatcom County medical examiner.

McKay’s family owned a large dairy farm in Ferndale and he was well-known in the community, Mayor Jon Mutchler said Tuesday morning.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan