Longtime journalist, public official Swisher dies at 88

Joseph “Perry” Swisher died June 6, 2012 at his residence in Boise at the age of 88.

Perry was born Sept. 21, 1923 in Bruneau, Idaho, the son of James Joyce and Maymee (Blakeslee) Swisher. He graduated Pocatello H.S. in 1941, and received a Certificate in Arts in 1943 from University of Idaho Southern Branch, Pocatello; and B.A. from Idaho State University in 1968. His residences in Idaho included: Blackfoot, Idaho (childhood): Pocatello, Idaho (1930s to 1976); Lewiston, Idaho (1976-1979); and Boise (1979-death).

Perry married Isabel (Nicky) Nichols, May 7, 1948, Pocatello, Idaho.

Perry is survived by his wife, Nicky Swisher, Boise; son, Lawrence (Larry) Swisher, Washington, DC; daughter-in-law, Lorie Swisher of Idaho Falls; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers and two sisters. A son, Eric, died in 2009.

During his life he served as a public official and was employed as a journalist.

Employment: Approx. 1943-1949, Pocatello News Bureau Manager, Salt Lake Tribune; 1952-1967, editor and publisher, The Intermountain; approx 1948-1967, owner, The Book Arcade, Pocatello, Idaho; 1969-1976, Director of Special Services, Idaho State University; 1976-1979, Assistant Managing Editor, Lewiston Morning Tribune; and 1979-1991, member, Idaho Public Utilities Commission.

Elective Offices: 1953-1958, Idaho State Representative (Bannock County); 1963-1966, Idaho State Senator (Bannock County); approx. 1970-1974, Member, Pocatello City Council; 1975-1976, Idaho State Representative (Bannock County).

Memorial donations are suggested to Idaho Conservation League, PO Box 844, Boise, ID 83701; or Shriners Hospitals for Children – Salt Lake City, Fairfax Road at Virginia Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84103.