Past Directors

Ed Marohn, Past Board Member
After 30 years in the tire industry with Michelin Tire Corporation and Continental Tire of North America/AG, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he served as a Director of Sales in North America and VP in Canada, he retired to eastern Idaho with his wife, Cathie, to write full time, ski near the Tetons, and continue worldwide travel. Ed Marohn is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Idaho Humanities Council, a member of the Idaho Writers Guild, and the Idaho Writers League. He served in the US Army as an Airborne/Ranger Captain in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division and was awarded three Bronze Stars and one Air Medal. In academia he was Assistant Professor of Military History at the University of Nevada. He grew up in Boise and attended the University of Idaho earning his BA in Political Science in 1968. He earned his MA in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Nevada-Reno, in 1975. He has two sons: the older one is a Captain-Select, US Coast Guard, based in Boston, and the younger one is a VP of a financial company based in Savannah. He has been published as
follows: Local Columnist for the Post Register Newspaper, Idaho Falls, Idaho. Creative non-fiction storyAlmost American”, Idaho Magazine, July 2011. Short story, “Retirement”, Hardboiled Mystery Magazine, February 2012. E-Book novel, The Phoenix Legacy, publisher: FeedBrewer, Inc. “Brainwashing: Man Over Mind”, ARMY Magazine, Vol. 23, No. 8, August 1973.

John D. Hansen, Emeritus
Former state Sen. John Hansen, R-Idaho Falls, died Sunday evening after suffering a heart attack at age 83. Hansen was an attorney who served as a state senator for six terms (12 years) before retiring in 1998. He has been described as a “steelheader,” after a fish that is known for swimming upstream for his penchant for bucking the political currents. “He was such a thoughtful, caring individual, and it showed whether it was in his legal work or when he was serving in the Legislature, or just with neighbors and friends,” Hansen’s wife Michele Hansen said. “He cared about people.” Together, Michele and John have six children and six grandchildren. Michele Hansen described her husband as kind with a great sense of humor as well as a great outdoorsman. She said her husband— and his whole family— loved politics so much that family members would time how long it took for the conversation at family gatherings to turn to politics. “(Politics) was a love and concern of all the family, and it wasn’t the partisan type we have today,” Michele Hansen said. She said her husband has a reputation for being willing to put partisan politics aside to reach mutually beneficial solutions. “He was a very collaborative individual with the community and his campaigns,” said Idaho Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, who was preceded by Hansen. “He reached across a broad political spectrum to include some very remarkable thought leaders.” Marty Trillhaase, a journalist who covered the Idaho State Legislature in the late ’80s and early ’90s for the Lewiston Tribune and later as the editorial page editor for the Post Register, said Hansen worked with Democratic lawmakers and governors while putting himself at odds with fellow Republicans. “John Hansen was part of vanishing breed of Republican legislators: a pragmatist who somehow forgot that being pro-education and pro-environment were not core values within his political party,” Trillhaase said. Hansen graduated from the University of Idaho in 1959 with degrees in agricultural economics and law. He also attended one year of undergraduate school at American University in Beirut, Lebanon. He practiced with law firms in both Boise and Idaho Falls before founding a law partnership with his brother, Orval Hansen, of which he eventually became senior partner after his brother was elected to the United States House of Representatives. Throughout his career with the senate, he served as chairman of the Human Resources Committee, a member of the Resource and Environment Committee, Idaho commissioner and vice chairman of the Education Commission of the States and a member and chairman of the Six State Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task Force. Hansen was a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, the Idaho State Bar Association and the Seventh Judicial District Bar Association. Hansen was given the Distinguished Lawyer Award by the Idaho State Bar in 2010. Davis said that as a fellow lawyer, he admired Hansen in many ways and looked up to him. Hansen had a long history of community service in a variety of service organizations including rotary and in the founding of the Idaho Falls City Club, Michele said. “John was always interested in the input of others,” Davis said. “He respected the opinions of others. But, at the end of the day, he trusted that with their input and with his own ability to analyze, that he should trust his own judgment, and he did; and Idaho’s the better for it.”

Fred Hoopes, Emeritus
Dan Fredrick Hoopes, 75, of Idaho Falls, passed away July 12, 2016, at Hospice of Eastern Idaho Home. Fred was born Oct. 3, 1940, in Rexburg, Idaho, to Dan Bickmore Hoopes and Verna Bertha Grimmett Hoopes. He graduated from Idaho Falls High School. On Oct. 11, 1969, he married Sidney Combs in Fayetteville, Arkansas. They have two daughters, Rachel and Sarah. After graduating from law school at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Fred was admitted to practice law in 1973. He attended undergraduate school at Brigham Young University and American University in Washington, D.C. while employed by the late Senator Frank F. Church. He joined the law firm of Hopkins Roden Crockett Hansen & Hoopes in January 1982. He was an adjunct professor and visiting lecturer at the University of Idaho, College of Law in Moscow, Idaho. Fred was a recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Liberty Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho for the successful defense of a death row inmate. He was a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Fred was given the Distinguished Lawyer Award by the Idaho State Bar in 2014. He was a president of the Idaho State Bar and a president of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association. Fred was a member of the Board of Governors for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and a member of the Board of Directors for the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He served on the Idaho Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Evidence. He was a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Fred was also active in public and community affairs. He enjoyed reading and politics. He was a proud Idahoan who loved the outdoors. He was an angler and a wrangler, he was an avid fly fisherman, a fly tier and owned quarter horses and mules. His two grandchildren were the joy of his life.