Kenneth L. Robison
1936 - 2016
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Kenneth L. Robison
1936 - 2016
Kenneth L. Robison was born in Nampa, Idaho on December 26, 1936. He grew up on farms in Jordan Valley, Oregon and Kuna. After graduating from Caldwell High School in 1953, he earned degrees in journalism from Idaho State University and the University of Oregon.
His career in journalism included reporting for the Idaho State Journal, Associated Press in Boise and Denver, and the Idaho Statesman. From 1967 to 1977, he served as the editorial page editor of the Statesman, winning the national Edward G. Meeman award for conservation writing. He wrote editorials supporting protection of the White Clouds Mountains, leaving the Snake River and Hells Canyon free of additional dams and designating 2.3 million acres of River of No Return wilderness. After he left the Statesman, to pursue independent publishing, he and Al Fothergill led the successful 1982 initiative campaign for the 50% homeowner property exemption. He served one term in the Idaho Senate and nine in the House of Representatives, championing conservation legislation and funding for education and gaining great respect from fellows legislators in both parties. His legislative experience was enriched by constituents and by the continuing education on the functioning of government and its role in our lives.
He published the book Defending Idaho's Natural Heritage in 2014, chronicling Idaho's conservation story.
In 1964, he married the former Maxene Johnson of Emmett and they had two delightful children, Greg and Jill. After his retirement from the legislature in 2004, he and Maxene enjoyed Idaho mountain vacations with Jill and her children. He is survived by Maxene; son-in-law, Steve Hanoka; daughter, Jill Hanoka; and grandchildren: Nick, Paige, and Weston Hanoka. He was preceded in death by a brother, Randy; by his mother and father, Leonard and Ethel Robison; and by a son, Greg.
No public services will be held per his request.

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Published in Idaho Statesman on Oct. 20, 2016.
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October 20, 2016
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Shawn Sutherland
October 20, 2016
I can sum it up easily: he was a good man.
Faye Lynch
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