Friends and family hold special memorial for Allen Derr

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Friends and family hold special memorial for Allen Derr

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by KTVB.COM

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Posted on July 31, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 1 at 8:56 AM

BOISE -- On Wednesday night, friends, family and community members impacted by the life of Idaho's Allen Derr, came out for a special celebration memorial.

It was a packed room at the Barber Park Event Center where pictures, mementos and law books were displayed, showcasing the late prominent attorney.

Derr, who had leukemia, passed away last month at the age of 85.

He made national headlines back in the 1971, with the Reed vs. Reed decision, when he won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling bolstering anti-discrimination protections for women.

His Long time friend from the University of Idaho, Don Burnett, spoke of his character tonight.

"He was a very humble person, soft spoken, gentle but very determined when he was representing someone who didn't have access to justice," said Burnett.

He was always classy, and always active in community and state events and affairs. He will be missed.

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