Simplot loved a good joke

May 25, 2008 

Simplot loved a good joke and laughed until he cried at the best ones. But even his closest friends say they never heard him tell an off-color joke. He swore like a sailor and peppered his speeches with remarks that made his hosts squirm with embarrassment, but found dirty jokes distasteful. And he seldom if ever had a bad word to say about anyone.

"Imagine all the business deals he was in, all the people he's known," Dean Summers said. "You'd think there would be some strained relationships or animosities. Not all business deals end up well. But I never once heard him bad-mouth anyone. How many of us can look in the mirror and say we never spoke ill of anyone? Jack could.

"He had the most positive attitude in the world. He never had a bad meal, never stayed in a bad motel, never had a bad day."

Idaho Statesman is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service