Jim McClure’s widow, Louise, was in the VIP gallery for Monday’s memorial, along with their son, Ken, and daughter-in-law Sally. McClure (pictured in 1994 AP file photoserved in the Idaho Senate from 1960-66 and 24 years in Congress, rising to chair of the Energy Committee. He died in February 2011 at the age of 86, after a series of strokes. Also remembered Monday were late-Sens. Kenneth Bradshaw, Vearl Crystal, Don Mackin, “Is” Merrill and William Crutcher. Sen. Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, noted McClure’s humility, hard work and humor, including a potato anecdote involving Sen. Ed Muskie, D-Maine. McClure and Muskie were discussing how students were let out of school during harvest. McClure said Idaho students had to reach junior high before they could enter the fields. “Idaho potatoes are so big it would hurt the smaller children to lift them,” he told Muskie/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Do you remember Idaho U.S. Sen. Jim McClure?