The body of former Idaho Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa was carried into the Capitol by an Idaho National Guard honor guard shortly before noon Thursday. The closed casket will remain for public mourning until 7 p.m., on the first floor of the rotunda. Signature books are available.
In a brief ceremony, wreaths were laid by Gov. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter and by Ander Caballero Barturen, the United States delegate of the autonomous Basque government.
Other dignitaries included Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, Treasurer Ron Crane, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, Controller Brandon Woolf, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, Meridian City Councilman Brad Hoaglun, and Sens. Chuck Winder of Boise, Curt McKenzie of Nampa and John Goedde of Coeur d’Alene.
The Rev. Thomas Faucher offered a short prayer of thanksgiving, saying the former sheepman who spent 52 years in state office represents “the essence of what it means to be an Idahoan.”
Faucher will preside at Friday’s funeral, which begins at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Cathedral in Downtown Boise. A vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. John’s.
Cenarrusa, also a former House speaker, died Sunday. He was 95. He will be buried Saturday at 11 a.m. in Bellevue, near where he ran sheep for almost 50 years.