Kenneth White

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Kenneth Frank White
January 21, 1938 - October 4, 2012
Kenneth Frank White was the ninth of 13 children born to Orval Roy and Mable Pearl (Sigman) White. He was born in McCleary, Washington on January 21, 1938.
The family settled in Nampa in 1941 and he attended Scism School for his first schooling. He graduated from Nampa High in 1956. After high school he worked numerous jobs, including working in Alaska and in Oregon on the John Day Dam. In 1960, he enrolled in Boise Junior College, and in December 1960 he married Carol Sue Carson. Two sons were born to this marriage, Monte in 1961 and Tony in 1963.
In 1965 he graduated from the College of Idaho and was named a "Distinguished Scholar". In 1965, the family moved to Salem, Oregon and Ken attended Willamette University School of Law, graduating with his Juris Doctorate in 1968.
After law school, the family returned to Nampa, where Ken opened his law practice. During the early 70's, he served as a judge for the City of Nampa, and for two years was a special prosecutor for the Federal Government, but his first love was the practice of law. He loved a good battle, and a formidable foe, and took on the power company, the seed company, the railroad, and any other opponent on behalf of his favorite client, "The Common Man".
He was active in the Trial Lawyer's Association, serving as a state officer and Governor to two National conventions. He was recognized numerous times by the organization as an "Outstanding" attorney for his contributions, and in 2006 was one of two attorneys honored by the Idaho State Bar Association for his outstanding contributions in the field of law. He argued in front of the Idaho Supreme Court 16 times, prevailing 15 ½ times.
When not tilting windmills and fighting dragons, his favorite places were the golf course and his garden. He was an excellent golfer, and his family ate well on the wonderful produce from his garden.
When his boys were growing up, only an out-of-town trial would keep him from their wrestling matches and their football games. He loved to take them backpacking and motorcycle riding.
A life-time member of the Nampa Elks, he proudly served for many years as Chief Justice of the Subordinate Forum. He was a 32nd degree Mason, and a Shriner.
He was preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers, Jay, B.J., Troy, Jerry, Levi Jesse, Lonnie, and Vic; and four sisters, Wilma, Eleanor, Linda, and RaNae.
He is succeeded by his wife, Carol Sue; two sons, Monte (Tonylyn) and Tony; three grandsons, Brandon, Kenny, and Casey; and one brother, Dennis.
He fought his last battle, the battle with Alzheimer's disease, with the same courage, strength, and dignity that he lived his life.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 8, 2012 at the Presbyterian Church, 400 Lake Lowell, Nampa, ID.
Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital.

Published in Idaho Press Tribune from Oct. 6 to Oct. 7, 2012
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