Former Boise mayor Eardley passes away

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - A former Boise mayor and local television legend has passed away.

Dick Eardley, who served as mayor for a total of 12 years, longer than anyone else in Boise history, passed away Monday. He was 83. In city history only Eardley and Dave Bieter have won three consecutive four-year terms as mayor.

Eardley began his career in television and radio broadcasting, and served four years on Boise City Council before being elected Mayor.

He was KBOI-TV's sports director as well as news director for 15 years from 1956-1972.

"Mayor Eardley worked diligently to make Boise a better place to live, accomplishing a number of remarkable achievements during a difficult time for our community," Bieter said in a statement. "Our city is a better place thanks to his tireless service. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."

Here is a special KBOI-TV did in 1983 featuring Eardley and celebrating the station's 30 year anniversary:

And another short video on the history of KBOI-TV from 2010: