Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Celebrating the life of a state senator

Stennett memorial set for Friday


By KATHERINE WUTZ
Express Staff Writer

Clint Stennett

Clint Stennett's life will be celebrated through stories and with music on Friday, Nov. 19, as residents of the Wood River Valley gather at River Run Lodge to remember the longtime state senator.

"We wanted it to be upbeat and party-like, something people would enjoy," said Stennett's wife, Michelle, who was recently elected to his former seat in the Legislature.

The celebration will take place from 2-5 p.m. at the River Run Lodge near Ketchum, and will feature music from the Caritas choir and the Wood River Symphony.

A more formal, structured ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. Michelle said the ceremony will not be a wake or strictly a memorial service, but prayers will be offered and a few of Stennett's close friends will share stories about him.

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"It's just something to make people smile," Michelle Stennett said.

A slideshow will follow the ceremony, and guests will be invited to write down their own stories about Stennett on provided scrolls, to be compiled in a book. The ceremony is open to the public.

Stennett died at his Ketchum home on Oct. 14 from brain cancer, with which he was diagnosed in January 2008. The senator was laid to rest in the Twin Falls area late last month.

Stennett represented Blaine County in the Legislature for nearly 20 years, both in the House of Representatives and the Senate. He also owned the Hailey-based Wood River Journal, KSKI radio station and the KSVT television station at various times.

Katherine Wutz: kwutz@mtexpress.com




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