Bundy said that at the time, Finicum was "with lots of cowboys, and he was just one of them." But Finicum "paid attention to what we were fighting for," Bundy said, "and he went home and canceled his grazing permit."
Brown said that was a tough decision for her father. He didn't feel oppressed. He felt the Bureau of Land Management had been fair to him.
"But he said, should they have the power to do good, they have the power to do bad, and he had to stand by the Constitution," she said.
"And when he heard about the Hammonds, his heart just broke."
Finicum flew to Oregon to attend the early January rally for Dwight and Steven Hammond, who were ordered to return to prison for fires set on federal land. There, in a protest at a grocery-store parking lot, Rhoades said, a handful of men started spreading the word to follow them in their truck.
"History's being made," Rhoades said they told them.
Finicum was apparently among those to heed the call. Bundy, whose sons Ammon and Ryan Bundy are thought to be among the organizers of the takeover, said Finicum had a unique ability to "express himself without any kind of anger," and his comfort as a public speaker would make him the most conspicuous of the refuge's occupants.
Macfarlane said by phone Thursday night that he wished authorities had been more patient, the media more discerning.
"If everybody had just ignored it, it would have just shriveled up and died and gone away in not all that long of a time," he said.
On Friday, Finicum's death served as a rallying point for organizations sympathetic to the land-rights cause.
Father and son Brand and Nickaoli Thornton, of Dillon, Mont., blew into shofars to sound not a somber note, but one they said would call upon God to protect them in a coming battle.
Men with visible firearms manned the entries to the church's parking lot to vet incoming vehicles. They declined to share their names or the organizations they were affiliated with. It is against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' policy to carry firearms on church property.
Victoria Sharp, an 18-year-old who sat in the backseat of Finicum's truck at the time of his shooting but was not arrested, was scheduled to sing in a benefit concert after the funeral.
Earlier in the day, the Sharp family gave a preview to patrons of Kanab's Holiday Inn Express, harmonizing as people walked by with plates of biscuits and gravy.
"We're speaking for LaVoy Finicum," said Sharp's mother, Odalis Sharp.
The Oregonian on Friday reported Kanab's Shawna Cox, who was in Finicum's truck and was indicted for her role in the occupation, was allowed to attend the funeral after filing a last-ditch emergency motion in U.S. District Court.