Monday, November 7, 2011

In Memorium

Wilder--State Rep. Patrick Takasugi, a republican two-term state lawmaker from Wilder, died at a Boise hospital after a three-year battle with appendix cancer. He was 62.

In 1979 Takasugi was honored as the "Outstanding Young Farmer" in Idaho by the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation and also received the state Jaycees' "Idaho Outstanding Young Farmer" award in 1980 and Canyon County Farmer of the Year in 2010.

He served in many organization leadership roles with the Farm Bureau, Food Producers of Idaho, Leadership Idaho Agriculture Foundation, Idaho Crop Improvement Association, University of Idaho Ag Consulting Council, Idaho Republican State Central Committee, Northwest Alfalfa Seed Growers Association, Idaho Alfafa Seed Commission, National Council of Ag Employers, Canyon County Sheriff Reserve Unit and several insurance company boards of directors.

Takasugi was a proud College of Idaho graduate and went on to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army Special Forces. Governor Phil Batt named him director of the Idaho Department of Agriculture. He also farmed more than 1,500 acres near Wilder and Homedale.

Takasugi is survived by his wife, Suzanne, and three children. Funeral arrangements are still pending.

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