Dick Eardley, Boise's Longest-Serving Mayor, Dies of Medical Complications


Dick Eardley, three-term mayor of Boise and longtime radio and television broadcaster, died at home June 30, following medical complications. He was 83 years old. Eardley had undergone arthroscopic knee surgery on June 29 but suffered a heart attack the following day.

Eardley was a sports and news reporter for the Idaho Statesman in the mid 1950s, but from the late 1950s through the 1970s, he was a broadcaster for KBOI radio and television.

Beginning in 1973, Eardley successfully ran for three terms as Boise mayor, becoming the city's longest-serving chief executive. If Mayor Dave Bieter completes his current term, he will tie with Eardley as the City of Trees' longest-serving mayor.

Eardley is survived by three sons and six grandchildren.