Friday, July 11, 2014

Former Idaho Gov. John Evans Will Lie in State Friday, Burial Set for Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 9:32 AM

The body of former Idaho Gov. John Evans will lie in state at the Idaho Capitol prior to his funeral, set for tonight in Boise, and burial, scheduled for Saturday in his home community of Malad.

The 89-year-old Evans died at his Boise home on July 8.

Public viewing at the Idaho Statehouse is set for today between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. A funeral service will take place at 5 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Rockies in Downtown Boise. A memorial service will take place in Malad Saturday at noon at the LDS Second Ward, followed by burial at the Malad City Cemetery.

A native of Malad, Evans was a World War II veteran, a graduate of Stanford University, and an Idaho cattleman and rancher. He was elected in 1952 to the Idaho Senate, where he served three terms, and he was elected as mayor of Malad from 1960-1966. In 1969, Evans returned to the State Senate, where he served until 1974.

Evans was elected lieutenant governor in 1974 and served in that post until 1977. He took over for outgoing Gov. Cecil Andrus, who left office to serve as President Jimmy Carter's secretary of the Interior, and was elected governor in his own right in 1978. Evans ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1986.

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