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Sent on Mormon-News: 18Feb02
By Kent Larsen
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Mormons Dot List of Idaho's Most Influential

BOISE, IDAHO -- At least 14 LDS Church members, including two Area Authority Seventies, are included in Ridenbaugh Press' list of the most influential Idahoans. The list of church members includes one of Idaho's US Senators, a US congressman, Boise Mayor Brent Coles, BYU-Idaho President and Area Authority Seventy David Bednar and, most surprisingly, Idaho Area President C. Scott Grow, also an Area Authority Seventy.

The list was compiled by Ridenbaugh Press, a Boise-based publisher of public affairs and historical materials that puts the list, and a companion list of the most influential organizations, into its annual Idaho Yearbook-Directory. The lists are based primarily on a survey of prominent Idahoans, although the publisher claims that the list is "thoroughly subjective, with some claim to reasonable, ballpark validity."

The Mormons on the list are primarily politicians, with the exception of a businessman and the two Area Authority Seventies. Led by US Senator Mike Crapo (#2) and Congressman Mike Simpson (#4), they also include Boise Mayor Brent Coles (#13), President pro-tem of the Idaho Senate Robert Geddes (#19), Idaho House Majority Leader Frank Bruneel (#46) and Trent Clark (#43), Chairman of the Idaho Republican Party.

But also on the list is Frank Vandersloot (#39), CEO of Idaho Falls-based Melaleuca, a manufacturer and distributor of health products. Brigham Young University President David Bednar, an Area Authority Seventy is number 27 on Ridenbaugh's list, and Elder C. Scott Grow, President of the LDS Church's Idaho Area since it was formed last summer, surprised the company when he appeared on the list at number 48.

Ridenbaugh Press called Elder Grow's placement on the list surprising, because he wasn't on the list at all last year, and was unfamiliar to the editor. His influence is apparently due to his recent calling to head the Church's Idaho Area, leading Idahoans to rate his influence highly. Elder Grow was previously second counselor in the Church's North America Northwest Area Presidency, before the area was split to form the Idaho Area last summer.

The company's list of organizations also recognizes the LDS Church's influence in the state, rating the LDS Church second (behind high-tech manufacturer Micron Technology) on its list of organizations. That list also included Brigham Young University-Idaho, and at least six other organizations with Mormons in their top management.

Mormons among Idaho's 100 most influential people

2 Mike Crapo U.S. senator

4 Mike Simpson U.S. House member

13 Brent Coles Mayor of Boise

18 Blake Hall Attorney, Idaho Falls; Board of Education; state Republicans

19 Robert Geddes President pro-tem, Idaho Senate

27 David Bednar President, Ricks College

35 Dean Cameron State senator; co-chair, Joint Finance Appropriations Committee

37 J.D. Williams State controller

39 Frank Vandersloot CEO, Melaleuca, Idaho Falls

43 Trent Clark Chairman, Idaho Republican Party

46 Frank Bruneel Majority leader, Idaho House

48 Scott Grow Accountant; regional LDS Church official

68 Evan Frasure State senator; chair, Transportation Committee

74 Darrell Manning State Board of Education

80 (MH) John V. Evans Executive, D.L. Evans Bank; former governor

85 (MH) Charles Clark Representative of president, Union Pacific Railroad

Mormon-led Organizations among Idaho's 100 most influential
(according to Ridenbaugh Press)

2. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (statewide)

11. Melaleuca Products: manufacturer &distributor of health products (Idaho Falls, statewide)

24. Sinclair Oil Corp.: Sun Valley Co., Sinclair gas stations (Blaine County; statewide)

30. Brigham Young University-Idaho: LDS-owned institution (Rexburg)

36. (MH) D.L. Evans Bank (statewide)

40. (MSI) Key Bank (statewide)

41. (MSI) Washington Group International.: construction &engineering (Boise).

46. (MSI) Avista: electricity provider (North Idaho)


Whos most influential in Idaho? Check this years list
Boise ID Statesman 5Jan02 P2

The 100 most influential Idahoans of 2002

100 Influential Idaho Organizations
Boise ID Statesman 5Jan02 P2

See also:

Ridenbaugh Press Idaho Yearbook-Directory update 2002


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