Family, friends, fellow politicians pay final respects to Idaho Gov. John Evans at Capitol

dpopkey@idahostatesman.comJuly 11, 2014 

In addition to Gov. Butch Otter, Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Treasurer Ron Crane and former Govs. Dirk Kempthorne and Phil Batt, the Capitol was busy Friday with friends, family and former state employees honoring former Gov. John Evans.

Evans, who was governor from 1977 to 1987, died Tuesday at age 89. He is lying in state until 4 p.m. Friday at the Idaho Capitol, where he served 26 years as a senator, lieutenant governor and governor.

A funeral service will follow at 5 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Cathedral of the Rockies, in Downtown Boise.

On Saturday, Evans will return to his home in Malad, with a memorial in the LDS Second Ward Church at noon. Graveside services will follow at Malad City Cemetery.

Evans and his wife, Lola, had five children, 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Their presence in the Capitol Rotunda holding Evans' coffin gave the afternoon an upbeat feel Friday.

"It's been emotional, but it's been a celebration," said grandson John Evans III. "We spent some time alone earlier today so that helped."

Lola Evans chatted with her husband's executive assistant of eight years, Gennie Ison of Boise. Ison wore an "I Luv the Guv" campaign button and fought back tears remembering the boss she adored.

"He was a good man," she said, "a good man."

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