Remembering John Chapman

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John Chapman, benefactor, political titan and one of the people credited with the creation of the Boise Greenbelt died in his Boise home July 8. He was 77.

Chapman loved to tell how one grandfather came to Idaho, in search of gold, aboard a covered wagon in 1864, while another came in 1904 to operate a mining company. Chapman's father was a staunch Democrat and in 1956, when he was a young mail carrier in Sun Valley, Chapman traveled to the Chicago Democratic National Convention to serve as a page.

Chapman went on to work as an attorney in Boise, Twin Falls and the Wood River Valley, specializing in estate planning. He served as treasurer for both Idaho Govs. Cecil Andrus and John Evans and was an executive committeeman for the National Democratic Party.

Chapman was active with American Red Cross, the United Way, Ballet Idaho, Idaho State Arts Commission, Boise Art Museum and the Boise Philharmonic.

He served on the Boise Planning and Zoning Committee and the committee that helped craft the Boise Greenbelt.

Chapman is survived by his partner of 34 years, Steve Champion. They were married aboard a yacht in New York City harbor on July 4, 2012.

Funeral services will be held at Ketchum's Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood on Monday, July 15.

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