Former Boise Mayor Jay Amyx has died

newsroom@idahostatesman.comJanuary 28, 2014 


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Jay S. Amyx, who served as mayor of Boise from 1966 to 1974, died Friday at a local care center. He was 90.

Cloverdale Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mayor David Bieter responded to the news of Amyx's death Tuesday:

“I was saddened to learn of the passing of Mayor Jay S. Amyx, who led Boise during a period of great change within the city. Mayor Amyx was the first Boise mayor elected to a full four-year term and the first to approve development of a portion of the Greenbelt, one of our city’s greatest assets. His family should be proud of his years of public service. My heart goes out to them for their loss."

Amyx served at the beginning of Boise's urban renewal era. In his time as Boise mayor, Amyx fought hard to turn the Boise River from a polluted eyesore into a place people could enjoy, his son Don said.

Jay Amyx was also instrumental in bringing HP to Boise, and Don Amyx said his father helped shepherd growth of Boise's college into a state university. He and the City Council of the time bought the property Downtown where City Hall is now located, Don said.

The Texas native never really retired, even after he left office, Don Amyx said. Jay built hundreds of homes in and around Boise and helped establish the Southern Baptist Church, which he belonged to, in the Treasure Valley.

Feleen Anderson-Amyx, Jay Amyx’s ex-daughter-in-law, said he cast a big shadow.

“It used to be if you said the name Amyx, everybody knew who you were,” Anderson-Amyx said. “Everybody would say, ‘Are you related to Jay?’”

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