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Former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt to be honored at memorial services in Boise

By: - March 8, 2023 11:08 am
Idaho Capitol

Idaho State Capitol building on January 11, 2023. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

Former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt, who died on his 96th birthday on March 4, will be remembered at two services open to the public on Thursday and Friday, according to a press release from Gov. Brad Little’s office.

Phil Batt
Phil Batt served as Idaho governor, lieutenant governor and state legislator during his long political career. (Courtesy of the National Governors Association)

On Thursday, the public is invited to the Idaho Capitol Building in downtown Boise for a service in the rotunda. Batt’s body will be honorably transferred and arrive at the Capitol at 10 a.m. The Idaho Army National Guard’s band will perform honors and a flyover will take place by the Idaho Air National Guard, weather permitting. Little will lead the Capitol service, which will include speeches from former Idaho Govs. C.L. “Butch” Otter and Dirk Kempthorne, as well as U.S. Sen. Jim Risch.

Batt will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda until 10 a.m. Friday, according to the release.

At that time, Batt’s body will be honorably transferred from the rotunda to the Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St. in Boise.

Batt’s funeral service, which is open to the public, will begin at 11 a.m. Friday. A reception is scheduled to follow at the same location. Following the reception, the procession of family and invited friends will be led by the Idaho State Police to the Wilder Cemetery for a private burial service, according to the release.

Little ordered the lowering of U.S. and state of Idaho flags to half-staff to honor Batt, and the flags will be raised to full staff at sunrise on Saturday, according to the release. 


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Christina Lords
Christina Lords

Christina Lords is the editor-in-chief of the Idaho Capital Sun and has been a professional journalist covering local and state government since graduating from the University of Idaho in 2009. A Pocatello native, Lords is a fifth-generation Idahoan who served as a reporter at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and the Post Register in Idaho Falls and served as assistant editor for the Idaho Press in Nampa. She also led the Idaho Statesman in Boise for two years before turning to nonprofit journalism.