LDS man sworn in as newest Idaho Supreme Court justice

High priest described as 'honest; a consensus builder'

Larry M. Boyle, a former district judge in Idaho Falls and high priest in the Idaho Falls Idaho Ammon Stake, was sworn in last week on Aug. 22 as the newest justice on the Idaho Supreme Court.

With his appointment, Boyle becomes only the fourth Latter-day Saint to have held the position since Idaho gained statehood in 1890. The third is the current Chief Justice, Robert Bakes, a high priest in the Boise Idaho Stake, appointed in 1971.Boyle was appointed by Idaho Governor Cecil D. Andrus, a former Secretary of the Interior in the Carter Administration, who has appointed several Latter-day Saints to high-ranking positions in Idaho during his three terms as governor. Andrus describes Boyle as honest, and a man of high intelligence.

The 46-year-old judge is characterized in the Idaho news media press as "a consensus builder who is diplomatic even when disagreement is strong," and by his colleagues as "an American classic." Boyle was a widely respected civil trial lawyer before his assignment to the bench in 1986 as a district judge.

A graduate of BYU and the University of Idaho Law School, Boyle is a former missionary to Ireland, and has served as a counselor in a bishopric, as well as a gospel doctrine teacher. He is a Webelos leader in the Ammon 8th Ward, and also coaches youth baseball teams. These teams have won two state championships in the past.

Boyle is married to the former Beverly Rigby, and they are parents of six children, the oldest of whom recently left on a mission to Brazil.

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