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For the week of Dec 31, 2002 - Jan 7, 2003


Former County Commissioner Andy Gardner dies

Express Staff Writer

Former Blaine County Commissioner Andy Gardner died Dec. 23 at Blaine Manor in Hailey. He was 93.

Gardner served on the county commission from 1972, when he was appointed to fill a vacant seat, until 1978. Ivan Gustavson, who served with him and now lives in Hagerman, remembers him as being "clear headed" and "co-operative."

"I would say he was a very good commissioner," Gustafson said.

Gustafson points to the drafting of the countyís comprehensive plan and its first zoning laws as two of the main accomplishments of the commission during that time. He called Gardner "instrumental" in writing the comp plan, at a time when the county was entering its current phase of rapid population growth. He said the commission also created the county recreation district during Gardnerís tenure.

Andy Gardner

Gardner also served on the U.S. Selective Service board for 15 years, as supervisor of the Blaine Soil Conservation District and as a member of the Farm Home Administration board. He was cited by Gov. Cecil Andrus for his contributions to Idahoís criminal justice system for his work as part of a task force that included county commissioners and sheriffs throughout the state.

Gardnerís son, Bob, also a former county commissioner, said his father talked most about the friendships he had made while serving on those and other community organizations.

"Whatever he was doing, he was always trying to help people," he said.

Bob Gardner said his father and mother spent much of their time in their later years traveling by car throughout the West.

"They always had some place they wanted to go," he said.


(An obituary appears on Page A20 of the December 31, 2002 printed Idaho Mountain Express.)


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