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Former governor lies in state in rotunda

Friends and well-wishers line up to pay respects to the family of former Idaho Gov. John V. Evans, as his body lies in state in the Idaho Capitol rotunda on Friday (Betsy Russell)
Friends and well-wishers line up to pay respects to the family of former Idaho Gov. John V. Evans, as his body lies in state in the Idaho Capitol rotunda on Friday (Betsy Russell)

The body of former Idaho Gov. John V. Evans is now lying in state in the rotunda of the state Capitol, and will be until 4 p.m. Here, friends, well-wishers, acquaintance and fans line up to pay respects to Evans’ family, including his wife, Lola.

The casket was carried in by a military honor guard, and three living Idaho governors, former Govs. Phil Batt and Dirk Kempthorne and current Gov. Butch Otter, presented a wreath and saluted the two-plus term Democrat who was Idaho’s 27th governor, serving from 1977 to 1987. “Gov. Evans firmly led our state through challenging times and was able to do so by working across partisan divides,” Kempthorne said in a statement. There were no speeches at the Capitol ceremony today.

Evans’ funeral is at 5 p.m. today at the Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise; a memorial service and burial will follow tomorrow in Malad.




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