Gov. Butch Otter, Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Treasurer Ron Crane, former Govs. Dirk Kempthorne and Phil Batt and other dignitaries gathered Friday at the Capitol to remember former Gov. John V. Evans.
But John and Lola Evans' five children, 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren gave the Capitol Rotunda an upbeat, family feel.
"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."
Evans, who was governor from 1977 to 1987, died Tuesday at age 89. His casket lay in state Friday in the Rotunda of the Statehouse, where he served 26 years as a senator, lieutenant governor and governor.
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."
A funeral followed Friday at 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 2nd Ward at noon. Graveside services will follow at Malad City Cemetery.
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