BOISE -- Idaho's top elected officials have paid their respects to Pete Cenarrusa, a sheep rancher and popular politician, who died Sunday at age 95 after a three-year battle with cancer.
Gov. Butch Otter, first lady Lori Otter and others like Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Secretary of State Ben Ysursa gathered at the Capitol Thursday for a brief ceremony honoring Cenarrusa.
The Otters placed a wreath at the side of Cenarrusa's closed casket, which will remain in the Capitol rotunda Thursday for public viewing.
Cenarrusa is the longest serving elected official in state history and served nearly 36 years alone as Idaho Secretary of State. He also served nine terms in the Idaho House.
Otter ordered flags to fly at half staff from sunrise today through Saturday in honor of the former Idaho secretary of state.
A vigil for the legendary statesman is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. John's Cathedral.
A funeral mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at St. John's Cathedral in Boise, then Cenarrusa will be buried Saturday at Bellevue Cemetery.
We will air the funeral live on Channel 7 and stream it on KTVB.COM.