Capitol & State

Former Gov. Evans to lie in state at Capitol Friday, burial Saturday in Malad

Former Gov. John Evans will lie in state Friday at the Idaho Capitol where he served 26 years as a senator, lieutenant governor and governor.

The public viewing is scheduled for 1 p.m to 4 p.m. Evans, 89, died Tuesday at his Boise home.

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.

Joining the tributes to Evans were two prominent Democrats, gubernatorial nominee A.J. Balukoff and former Congressman and current 2nd District nominee Richard Stallings.

Balukoff issued his statement shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday; Stallings released his about 9:30 p.m. The Stallings statement misstates the day of Evans' death.


Susie and I express our sincere condolences to the family of former Governor John Evans. Governor Evans embodied Idaho’s values as both a business leader and a public servant. His leadership and service to the State of Idaho serves as a model for all elected officials. A strong advocate for worker’s rights, education and conservation, Idaho lost a great hero today. His enduring legacy will be carried on by his friends and family, and I wish them well.


On Wednesday, Idaho and Idahoans lost a great public servant. John served as Mayor of Malad, a State Senator, Lieutenant Governor and Governor of our great state.

He was committed to serving all people regardless of status, race, religion, or wealth. He always maintained an open door policy and invited all Idahoans to join him in the Governor’s office.

Governor Evans recruited me to run for Congress is 1982 and provided counsel and guidance as I wound my way through national politics. As a congressman, I was in constant touch with his office and much of our success came from his well thought out suggestions.

John will be missed by all who had the good fortune of working with him and Ranae and I express our deepest condolences to Lola and her family.