BOISE – Governor Brad Little ordered the immediate lowering of U.S. and State of Idaho flags to honor former Governor Phil Batt, who passed away peacefully at his home today, on his 96th birthday.
“Governor Phil Batt was the epitome of a public servant, having served as Governor, Lt. Governor, and Senator. His legacy is distinguished by his unrelenting human rights leadership, determined fiscal conservatism, and enduring love of Idaho.
“It is fitting Phil Batt was born and passed on ‘Idaho Day,’ the celebration of the anniversary of the day President Abraham Lincoln created the Idaho Territory in 1863. Teresa and I send our love and condolences to his wife Francee, his children, and many, many friends,” Governor Little said.
Flags will be lowered at all state buildings and facilities immediately and will remain lowered until his day of interment, which will be announced at a later date.
The body of Governor Batt will lie in state at the Capitol, and additional details will be provided from the Governor’s Office to inform the public how they can pay their respects.