Dick Eardley, Boise's longest-serving mayor, died over the weekend at a local hospital at the age of 83. His son, Randy Eardley, told KIVI-TV, “He had undergone minor knee surgery, and was feeling great Friday.” He then suffered a heart attack on Saturday and died in his sleep. Eardley was Boise's mayor from 1974 to 1986. The four-term mayor, a former newsman and sports broadcaster, oversaw the opening of the current Boise City Hall, and helped create the Boise Arts Commission and attract the Peregrine Fund and the World Center for Birds of Prey to Idaho. He was involved in efforts to develop and bring major retailers to downtown Boise. “He accomplished a lot in his life, but always remained humble,” his son said. You can read KIVI-TV's full report here, and read an account here from Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey. Services are pending at Cloverdale Funeral Home.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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