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Funeral services set for longtime Boise lawmaker John Andreason

Sen. John Andreason, R-Boise, received a standing ovation after his farewell speech to the Senate on March 29, 2012, his final day in the Idaho Legislature.
Sen. John Andreason, R-Boise, received a standing ovation after his farewell speech to the Senate on March 29, 2012, his final day in the Idaho Legislature. Idaho Statesman file

Former state Sen. John Andreason died Monday evening, Oct. 16, in Boise.

Andreason, 88, was diagnosed with liver cancer in August, according to family members.

Funeral services are being handled by Bowman Funeral Parlor of Garden City. Andreason’s service will be at noon Friday, Oct. 27, at the LDS Stake Center at 11443 McMillan Road in Boise. A viewing will start two hours before the service. Burial is planned for 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

Andreason is survived by two sons, Tom and Dale; a daughter, Lori Rouse; 10 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene, who died in July 2015.

“They were childhood friends, high school sweethearts and married 66-plus years,” said Rouse of her parents, who grew up together in Arco.

Andreason represented West Boise’s District 15 for 18 years, from 1995 until he retired in 2012. He also served as a state senator from 1969 to 1970 while living in Arco.

In between those legislative stints he served as director of the Legislative Budget Office from 1971 to 1994.

During his 43-year career as a public servant, he worked with seven Idaho governors — Don Samuelson, Cecil Andrus, John Evans, Phil Batt, Dirk Kempthorne, Jim Risch and Butch Otter.

“We often had governors in our dining room for dinner when we were kids,” said Tom Andreason.

Current U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch both served in the state Senate when Andreason was either budget director or a senator.

In a statement Tuesday, Risch said, “John was a colleague, but more importantly he was a good friend. He was reliable and loved Idaho. Our state has lost a real champion.”

Said Crapo: “He gave much to the people of Idaho — more than 40 years of public service.”

Andreason, a moderate, was among eight GOP senators who bucked Gov. Butch Otter and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna on school reform in 2011.

“His passions in the Senate were education, firefighters, fish and game,” said Dale Andreason.

When not dedicating his time to serving Idaho, Andreason was “an Idaho sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing and golfing,” said Rouse.

Cynthia Sewell: 208-377-6428, @CynthiaSewell

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