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Former longtime Boise Mayor Dick Eardley dies at 83

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.

Perry Swisher dies at 88, served in Leg. as both Republican and Democrat

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― Perry Swisher, a longtime state representative and senator who served as both a Republican and Democrat, has died. He was 88. Swisher died Wednesday morning at Chateau De Boise retirement residence in Boise of congestive heart failure, said his son, Larry Swisher. Perry Swisher was elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 1952 as a Republican, and was a member of the Idaho Senate from 1962 to 1966, also as a Republican. In 1966 he ran unsuccessfully as a third party candidate for governor, and then in 1976 returned to the House as a Democrat. Gov. John Evans in 1979 appointed him to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. Swisher is survived by his wife, Nicky, son Larry, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Another son, Eric, died in 2009. You can read the Idaho Statesman's full article here.

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