Conley Ward wake set Nov. 16 at Barber Park

Conley Ward, a former Idaho Public Utilities commissioner, Democratic Party chairman and utilities lawyer will be remembered at a 4-hour open house wake Nov. 16.

Ward, 66, died Monday at home in Kuna of complications related to his April diagnosis of leukemia.

The wake will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Barber Park Event Center in East Boise. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Ward’s favorite charity, The Idaho Food Bank, a frequent recipient of produce from Ward’s large garden.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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