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Memorial Planned for Legendary Idaho Political Leader Cecil Andrus

Cecil Andrus receives an honorary doctorate from Boise State in 2004.

Cecil Andrus receives an honorary doctorate from Boise State in 2004.


“Cecil D. Andrus, a Democrat, the only Idahoan elected four times as the state’s governor and the former Secretary of the Interior under President Jimmy Carter, has died in Boise. He was 85 years old. Andrus’ death late Thursday resulted from complications related to lung cancer.

Andrus often referred to himself as “a political accident,” but engendered widespread support across the political spectrum thanks to a warm personality, a candid, outspoken style and an infectious sense of humor. He never met a stranger and worked every room with a firm handshake and self-deprecating jokes.

Andrus is survived by his wife Carol – they were married in 1949 – and by daughters Tana, Tracy and Kelly and grandchildren Monica, Morgan and Andrew and great granddaughter Casey.

Funeral arrangements, which will be private, are planned for Wednesday, Aug. 30 in Boise. A public lying-in-state ceremony will follow at noon on Aug. 30 in the Idaho Capitol rotunda and continue until noon on Aug. 31. A public memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 in the Jordan Ballroom in the Boise State University Student Union.

In lieu of flowers, the Andrus family suggests memorial gifts to the Cecil D. Andrus Center Chair for Environment and Public Lands (Fund ID: SE009). Visit or or make checks ​payable to “Cecil D. Andrus Chair” and mail to: Boise State University Foundation, Cecil D. Andrus Chair (SE009), 1173 W. University Drive, Boise, Idaho 83725

The family warmly thanks each and every individual who has sent cards, letters and flowers and wishes it were possible to personally acknowledge each expression of concern and caring. Please know that your well wishes have meant so much to the entire family as they attempt to deal with the loss of our husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.”

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Director Of Andrus Center For Public Policy Remembers Late Idaho Governor

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Original Source: Boise State Update 8/25/17, Boise Public Radio 8/25/17

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