Gary Howard Gould
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BOISE - Gary Howard Gould passed away at his home in Boise, Idaho on November 5, 2010, following a courageous fight against cancer.
Gary was born in Dayton, Oregon, the son of Calvin and Alice Gould. He was raised in Wallace, Idaho, where he excelled in athletics and worked in the local mines. Gary served in the U.S. Army following the Korean War. Upon his discharge, he enrolled at Idaho State University, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in political science. After graduating, he became the director of Student Financial Aid at ISU.
Gary was elected as Bannock County's District 34 (now 30) legislator to the state House of Representatives from 1978 to 1980. He was then elected to the District 34 (now 30) Senate from 1981-1983. Gary could say, "he never lost a bid for an elected office."
He later moved to Boise, where he was the director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Services. Upon leaving public service, Gary worked as a lobbyist with his good friend, Russ Westerberg.
Gary and his first wife, Marcella, had two children. His son, Jon Gould, is an attorney in Boise and his daughter, Susan Gould Beseris, is a counselor/adviser at the College of Southern Idaho. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Christina, Andrea and Michael Beseris.
In 2009, Gary married Karla Mitchell, his surviving widow.
A celebration of life to honor Gary will be held at the El Korah Shrine of Boise, located on 1118 N. Main Street at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 12, 2010. There will be a memorial service at the Veteran's Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 12, 2010.
Published in Idaho State Journal on Nov. 10, 2010