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Jacque Elaine Fallis Batt, 1926-2014

Former Idaho First Lady Jacque Batt was 88 when she died Sunday of natural causes at St. Alphonsus Hospital. She and Phil, her husband of 66 years, met at the University of Idaho and were married in 1948; they had three children, William, Rebecca and Leslie Ann. A lover of animals, dancer, riding instructor and pilot, Mrs. Batt was a private person whose most public stance as First Lady was taking a lead role in the "Race for the Cure" against breast cancer. The Batts also were frequently seen with their pets, including a "small mutt" named Sniffer who frequently visited the governor's office during Batt's term as governor in the 1990s.

She is survived by her husband, Phil, her children and extended families and relatives; services are under the direction of Flahiff Funeral Chapel in Caldwell. In his book, "The Compleat Phil Batt: A Kaleidoscope," former Gov. Batt referred to her as "my dear wife" and shared a musical composition he'd written in her honor, the Jacque Elaine Waltz. Click below for Mrs. Batt's full obituary.

Jacque Elaine Fallis Batt, 1926 - 2014

Jacque Elaine Fallis Batt died September 7, 2014 at St. Alphonsus Hospital of natural causes.

Jacque was born in Spokane, Washington January 31, 1926.  Her parents were Gordon and Mary Fallis.  Jacque was a life-long lover of animals.  She told us of her earliest pet, a chicken named “huggy chick”, and two cats that came along later named Mussolini and Haile Selassie.  She spent countless hours, mostly alone, riding her faithful horse, Brownie.  She was a riding instructor.  She also taught ballet and all types of dancing for years.  After her marriage, she brought in a tidy sum by teaching little kids tap dancing and ballet.

She met her future husband, Phil Batt, at the University of Idaho.  They were married in Potlatch, Idaho on January 9, 1948.

Jacque was a member of the Delta, Delta, Delta Sorority at the University of Idaho.  She was active in sorority affairs and was a strong and loyal wife to Phil.

Phil and Jacque left the university after Phil’s father suffered debilitating injuries from a car wreck.  They farmed for many years near Wilder.  They also took advantage of a homesteading opportunity north of Rupert, Idaho.  Jacque was active in politics, and was an important positive asset in Phil’s political career.  She served, with distinction, as Idaho’s First Lady and was a leading figure in the “Race for the Cure” effort against breast cancer.

Their first child, William, was born in Caldwell.  Rebecca, the second child was also born in Caldwell shortly before the family moved to Rupert.  Leslie Ann, the third and last, was born in Rupert.  The family has enjoyed a long and lasting relationship, meeting on numerous occasions.

Jacque loved flying.  She was an accomplished pilot.  She was an active participant in the “99s”, the female pilots’ association, where she flew in several of their air races and served as a local president.  Jacque and Phil ventured over most of the United States and parts of Mexico and Canada in their beloved airplanes.

During their 66 years of marriage, Jacque and Phil had a myna bird who knew 38 human words and sayings, a pet donkey, pet goat and many wonderful dogs.  The latest included Sniffer, a small mutt who liked to visit the governor’s office and Nessie, their faithful Toto-type Cairn terrier who went to dog-heaven earlier this year.

Jacque was preceded in death by her parents and her two brothers Bill and Bob, whom she adored.

She is survived by her husband, Phil, her children and extended families and relatives.

Services are under the direction of Flahiff Funeral Chapel in Caldwell.  Burial will be in the Wilder Cemetery.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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