Former Idaho state Sen. Clyde Boatright died Monday; he was 82.
Boatright, R-Rathdrum, represented North Idaho in the state Senate from 1994 to 2002; he formerly headed the Panhandle Area Transit bus company in Coeur d’Alene, and worked as a Realtor and a rancher.
Boatright retired from the Navy in 1968 after 21 years and moved to North Idaho. He was a longtime member of the North Idaho Fair Board, headed the Area Agency on Aging board for North Idaho, and was an active member of the Shriners. In the Legislature, he served on the joint budget committee and backed expansion of Head Start for low-income preschoolers; his campaign signs featured the slogan, “Vote right with Boatright,” with an image of a boat.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Karen “Bing” Boatright of Rathdrum; two sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Boatright asked that no services be held; in lieu of flowers, donations are requested to Shriners Children’s Hospital in Spokane or the Kootenai Humane Society in Hayden.