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Johnson: Idaho Poet Judge Dies At 75

Today, Idaho is shy one of its true characters — an original with a biography to match.

  • A Boise High School baseball pitcher who struck out a fellow Idaho native son destined for better days on the diamond: future Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew.
  • A political aspirant who lost three runs for office — then landed, for more than a decade, on the state’s Supreme Court.
  • A student of his state’s heritage, who dedicated time and energy to preserving the history of his adopted home of Idaho City.
  • A Harvard-educated attorney who eschewed airs — starting with neckties in the courtroom.
  • A man who, above all, wanted to be known as a poet. And wrote his obituary to match.

Byron Johnson, who died Sunday at age 75, followed his muse and heeded his instincts/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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