Former Idaho First Lady Batt Dies

Sep 8, 2014

Former Idaho First Lady Jacque Batt has died. She was married to former Republican Gov. Phil Batt for 66 years.

The Spokesman-Review reports that 88-year-old Batt died Sunday of natural causes in a southwestern Idaho hospital.

She is survived by her husband, who was Idaho's governor for one term starting from 1995-1999. During that time she served as first lady and would later become a leading figure in raising funds for breast cancer research.

Multiple Idaho lawmakers expressed their condolences Monday, including Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter who says her death would leave a void.

Idaho congressman Mike Crapo says Batt left a lasting mark on those knew her and was one of Idaho's finest first ladies.