Mel Richardson, Veteran Idaho Legislator, Dead at 86


He was known as Sen. Mel Tech for advocating to introduce more technology into Idaho classrooms and helping to create the Idaho Council on Technology in Learning. He was also known as an Idaho mayor, a broadcaster and veteran Statehouse lawmaker.

And on Dec. 11, Mel Richardson died at 86 after a monthslong battle with cancer.

Melvin Richardson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1928 and attended Radio Operational Engineering School before beginning a long career in front of a microphone on the Probing America Radio Show in Idaho Falls.

Richardson was elected to be the first mayor of the city of Ammon in 1968 and was also appointed to be a commissioner for the Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation Department. In 1988, he was elected to the Idaho House of Representatives, where he served three terms before being elected in 1992 to the Idaho Senate, where he served eight more terms. He also served as chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus.