BOISE – Former U.S. Sen. James McClure was remembered Saturday for his compassion for the underdog, his frugality, his love for family and the University of Idaho, and for his constant curiosity about life.
“He literally walked with presidents and kings,” said former staffer Tom Hill. “But he wouldn’t think twice about installing a water heater – because he could.”
About 600 mourners attended a memorial service for McClure at the Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise, the Idaho Statesman reported.
Among them were U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador. Gov. Butch Otter also attended, as did former Govs. Dirk Kempthorne, Cecil Andrus and Phil Batt.
McClure died Feb. 26 at age 86 following a series of strokes.
McClure’s contributions prompted then-President George W. Bush to sign legislation renaming the federal building in Boise as the James A. McClure Federal Building and United States Courthouse.