BOISE -- State Rep. Patrick Takasugi, a two-term state lawmaker from Wilder, has died at a Boise hospital after a three-year battle with appendix cancer. He was 62.
Takasugi, a Republican, died late Sunday night, his campaign manager Gayle Batt said. Batt served as Takasugi's replacement during the 2011 legislative session while Takasugi underwent treatment for the rare form of cancer.
Takasugi served as the director of the Idaho Department of Agriculture for more than a decade. During his time there he started the Idaho Preferred Program. A program that identifies and promotes products grown or made in Idaho at grocery stores.
Pam Juker, a spokeswoman for the department says he was also instrumental in creating a pesticide disposal program. Since it was started, Juker says it has kept 1 million pounds of pesticides out of Idaho landfills.
Takasugi was a farmer himself. He farmed more than 1,500 acres near Wilder and Homedale growing onions, alfalfa and bean seeds.
In 2008, he was elected to represent Wilder in the Idaho Legislature.
Darrel Bolz represented the same district as Takasugi. He says Takasugi was a thoughtful lawmaker and never rushed into decisions. He also says his colleague was a true family man.
He was very devoted to his family and he thought family comes first in a lot of instances. So, I have to give him a lot of credit for being able to juggle not only his professional life but his family life at the same time, said Bolz.
Representative Takasugi gave selflessly of his time, energy and resources in service to the people of Canyon County and all of Idaho. He was an icon of the agriculture community and a dear friend. Miss Lori and I extend our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to his wife Suzanne and their family, friends and constituents. Pat will be sorely missed, said Go. Butch Otter in a written statement.
Takasugi also served his country with the U.S. Army Special Forces. He graduated from the College of Idaho.
Takasugi is survived by his wife, Suzanne, and three children.
Services will be held at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Caldwell.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, followed at 7 p.m. with a rosary and a memorial.
The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, followed by interment at the Wilder Cemetery.