City and State officials joined friends and family of the late Pete Cenarrusa at Boise's Mexican Consulate Oct. 30 for a unique remembrance of Idaho's former Secretary of State who died in late September at the age of 95.
On the one-month anniversary of Cenarrusa's passing, friends of Idaho's longest-serving elected official said the traditional Mexican altar was a way to memorialize his many accomplishments as a distinguished Idahoan and United States citizen. Among those attending the presentation of the altar was current Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and Cenarussa's widow, Freda.
“Honoring his memory with this altar is full of meaning…to pay tribute to all those anonymous or well-known personalities that have passed away,” said Guillermo Ordorica, Consul of Mexico. Ordorica added that he "was blessed to have known [Cenarrusa]."
“We understand this homage as the clearest way in which, through culture, the Mexican Consulate expresses its gratitude to beautiful Boise and to all the people from Idaho,” said Ordorica. "It isn’t so much about nationality or heritage, as it is about honoring an influential public figure in a state that celebrates diversity."
Set in the altar, which will remain standing for one week, are personal items of Cenarrusa's and other handcrafted figures, such as sugar skulls, colorful paintings, cempasúchitl flower (marigolds), and flavorful dishes. Consul officials said each item represented a part of life and death, "ushering in a new journey for the life beyond."
Ordorica said the public was welcome to visit the Mexico Consulate at 701 Morrison Knudsen Drive, Suite 102, to honor Cenarrusa.