IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Regional political leaders are posting their memories of President George H.W. Bush Saturday night.
U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) made the following statement:
"The world has lost a great and decent man. From his service as a Naval pilot during WWII to his successful tenure as President of the United States, George H.W. Bush was a faithful servant of the people for so much of his life. As devoted as George was to our country, his true passion was his family. He will always be remembered for the pride he had in his children and grandchildren and the love he shared with his wife, Barbara.
"During my time serving as Idaho Chairman of his presidential campaign, Vicki and I were honored to host George and Barbara at our home, sharing memories that will last a lifetime. Today he and Barbara are reunited as one; Vicki and I pray that will bring his family a measure of comfort and peace during the difficult days ahead. We will miss George and Barbara greatly."
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) made the following statement:
President George H.W. Bush lived a life of public service that demonstrated an unquestionable dedication and love of his country. A World War II veteran, President Bush’s service to the nation spanned decades and across numerous roles from serving as a member of Congress, Ambassador to the United Nations, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. As President, he saw the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. I join with Idahoans in sending my condolences to President George W. Bush, and the entire Bush family.
Second District Congressman Mike Simpson (R-Id) statement:
Kathy and I join countless others in mourning the loss of a true American hero. President George H.W. Bujsh was not only an amazing public servant that dedicated his life to this nation and in mumerous roles, but he was also an incredible humanitarian to the world, all while being a great husband and father. Above all he was a good man.
We send our love and prayer to the entire Bush family, and we know he is happily reunited with the love of his life Barbara.
Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch"Otter said:
Our nation lost a true champion of freedom last night and Idaho lost a kindred spirit with the passing of President George H. W. Bush. President Bush came from a generation where honor, service and duty to country and family was paramount. He devoted a lifetime to improving our nation and the world. He was a compassionate American president and respected international leader. The First Lady and I join all Idahoans in extending our deepest sympathies to his family.
Wyoming Senator John Barrasso (R-Wy) statement:
America has lost one of its most beloved statesman. Whether it was his heroic service as a decorated Navy pilot, or his many years as a public servant, President George H.W. Bush did it all with the utmost integrity. Bobbi and I join Wyoming and the rest of the country in sending our condolences to the entire Bush family.
Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wy) said:
As a dedicated husband, father and public servant, George H. W. Bush lived his life with honor and distinction. From his time in the Navy during World War II, to Congress, to being an ambassador, to his service as vice-president and president, his dedication to serving his country was exemplary. Diana and I send our deepest condolences to the Bush family.
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead (R)
“President George H.W. Bush was an extraordinary patriot and public servant. His dedication to family and his absolute courtesy to all, serve as a model for all Americans. Carol and I send our condolences to his family.”