Memorial for Bethine Church set Saturday at Boise State

A memorial for Bethine Church will be held in the Simplot Ballroom of the Student Union Building at Boise State University.

The Church family invites the public to attend the 90-minute event, which begins at 11 a.m. Saturday. Parking is available across the street in the Lincoln Garage.

Church died Dec. 21 at age 90.

She was the widow of four-term U.S. Sen. Frank Church, who died in 1984. She remained active in Democratic politics, helping recruit and support candidates, raise money and draw big names to Idaho, including former Vice President Al Gore. Her father and uncle were both Idaho governors and a cousin was a U.S. senator.

Church also supported the Frank Church Institute at Boise State and worked for years as an advocate for the Sawtooth National Recreation Area through the nonprofit Sawtooth Society.

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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