Former Idaho state Rep. Jeff Alltus, R-Hayden, died Saturday after a five-month battle with pancreatic cancer. A memorial service is scheduled for June 16 at Candlelight Fellowship in Hayden.
Alltus, 61, an insurance agent, was an outspoken Christian conservative first elected to the House in 1994. He served three terms and was a backer of abortion restrictions and term limits. He also sponsored legislation to change a region-based formula to allow North Idaho residents to get lower health insurance rates, pushed for broad latitude for off-road-vehicle riders and gun enthusiasts, and advocated a law making divorces harder to obtain.
Alltus represented the old House District 3B from Hayden from 1994-2000. He decided not to seek a fourth term, saying his son, Ryan, then 14, had asked him to quit.
He was diagnosed with cancer in January and told he had just weeks to live. Instead he lived five more months, during which he took his family on vacation to Hawaii.
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