MERIDIAN -- The state of Idaho lost a long-time public servant this week, and those with Idaho State Police lost a colleague and friend.
Former Director of the Idaho State Police, Colonel Dan Charboneau, passed away this week at the age of 63 after complications from pneumonia. People who knew him say, as great of a cop as he was, he was a better man.
Col. Ralph Powell is the current director of Idaho State Police. "The state of Idaho has lost a dedicated and faithful servant. That is what Dan Charboneau, the Colonel of the Idaho State Police, was and brought to the state of Idaho."
Charboneau was in law enforcement for 36 years, 34 of that with ISP, retiring as the director in 2008. Powell talked about Charboneau's commitment to the state, the people around him, and his family. "It isn't just the work and what he accomplished and the things he checked off, and was able to check off for the state of Idaho and for the Idaho State Police. It was what he brought to the position that made people want to dig in and work hard for him. He was a great man. He loved the outdoors."
It was that love of the outdoors that sent Charboneau on a week-long raft trip in 2008 where tragedy struck. He was thrown from a raft, hit his head, and became a quadriplegic. KTVB talked to Dan about the accident in 2009. "You know, I wish it hadn't happened. But when it did happen I was with my good friends, I was doing something I loved."
His friends' and family's love for him was evident when they remodeled his home to accommodate Dan's new needs. Through it all, Dan tried to stay positive and keep perspective. "God's got something planned for me."
"Idaho was a good place for him to be, I guess is what I'm saying, because he enjoyed what Idaho gave him. But in return, he gave Idaho all plus more back," Powell said.
You can say that Boise Police also lost a brother in Charboneau. Though it didn't come close to his 34 years of service with the Idaho State Police, Charboneau was a Boise Police officer for two years. It's where he started his career in law enforcement.