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Idahoans will have a chance to pay their respects to former Gov. Cecil Andrus Wednesday at the state capitol. Andrus died last week at the age of 85.

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Cecil Andrus, the longest-serving governor of Idaho and former Secretary of the Interior has died. A lion of Idaho Democratic politics, Andrus had long led the state's charge to balance environmental preservation with economic growth, which sometimes led to allies on either side side dismissing him. 

Cecil D. Andrus Papers, Special Collections and Archives, Boise State University.

Idahoans are in mourning after the death of four-term governor Cecil Andrus – known to many as just “Cece." He was 85 years old, just one day shy of his 86th birthday. The Democrat died late Thursday due to complications from lung cancer.

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Idaho music icon Rosalie Sorrels passed away Sunday. Known as the “Travelin’ Lady,” she drove around the country for decades, singing folk music and recording more than 20 albums. But she always came home to Idaho.

I met Rosalie in the early 1990s when a friend asked me to help produce a CD of union folk songs. Until then, I only knew her through her songs broadcast on KBSU radio. Many people knew her through her music, which spilled out of her, night after night, as she toured the country constantly.

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Actor, artist, TV icon and Idahoan Adam West died Friday night in Los Angeles at age 88. The beloved star of the small screen passed away after a brief battle with leukemia.

A resident of the Wood River Valley for over 30 years, West said he fell in love with Idaho for its rural charm in a December interview with Boise State Public Radio.

Forrest Bird, an inventor whose medical respirators breathed life into millions of patients around the world, has died. He was 94.

His wife, Pamela Bird, said he died Sunday of natural causes at their Idaho home in Sagle.

Forrest Bird is credited with creating the first low-cost, reliable medical respirators in the 1950s. In 1970, he created the "Babybird" respirator that significantly reduced infant mortality.

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Former state Rep. Kitty Gurnsey who served in the Idaho Statehouse for more than 20 years has died.

The Spokesman-Review reports that 87-year-old Gurnsey passed away Sunday.

The Republican from Boise was first elected to the Idaho House in 1974. At the time, she was just one of nine women lawmakers serving in the Idaho Legislature. Gurnsey went on to co-chair the powerful Joint Finance Appropriations budget committee for 16 years.

Idaho's Oldest Lawmaker Dies At 92

Apr 28, 2015
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The Coeur d'Alene Press reports former Rep. Frank Henderson, R-Post Falls, passed away Monday in hospice care. He was 92-years-old.

Rock musician Paul Revere, known for his outlandish costumes and enthusiastic stage persona passed away Saturday in Idaho.
 

He was born Paul Revere Dick in 1938 in Nebraska and later came to Boise and Caldwell. He was a teenager in the 50s with a love of music. He started his first band, the Downbeats, which eventually became Paul Revere and the Raiders.

The group became the house band for the Dick Clark TV show “Where the Action Is,” and appeared on Johnny Carson, Ed Sullivan and The Smothers Brothers.

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.