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First take/Pursley

People who hadn’t met Ken Pursley – I can’t claim to have known him well, but did have a number of good talks with him over the years – probably would have a different sort of impression of the kind of person he was from this shorthand description: Lead founder of one of Boise’s highest-profile law firms, political activist and adventurer in some of the world’s most remote places. You’d get the sense of a Teddy Roosevelt sort of personality from that, and maybe there was some of that hidden within. But Pursley, whose most public visibility came with a run for the U.S. House in 1976 (he took a respectable 45.4% of the vote), was a calm, quiet, friendly guy. There was no bluster about him. “High-powered” didn’t seem to be something he projected, just something that must have energized him within. When he died this week at 75, he was fishing in the upper reaches of the Amazon. We here were sorry to hear of his death, but would say this: It was of a piece with his life. – rs

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