LEWISTON, ID -- A beloved local figure has lost his battle with medical issues.
Former Nez Perce County Commissioner Bob Tippett died over the weekend.
Tippett had been in Arizona since early October for medical reasons. He was 77-years old.
Tippett is survived by his children and grandchildren.
He was Valley Vision’s executive director from 2003 until he tired seven years later. His retirement only lasted two years.
Tippett ran and was elected to the Nez Perce County Commission in 2012 where he served for nearly six years up until his retirement in October of this year.
Those who worked with Tippett, both in the private and public sector, say he was an inspiration who always strived to make the valley a better place.
"He led economic development in this valley from getting SkyWest here with their flights in,” said Doug Zenner, N.P. County Commissioner. “To always making sure, as a commissioner, to be fair and equitable in every decision he made."
"He was an awesome mentor,” said Debbie Baker, Valley Vision. “He was one of the most patient men I have ever met in my life. I think after he retired and went into county commissioner, he was perfect for it because a lot of those skills were needed there."
Tippett has been in Arizona receiving medical treatment for an undisclosed illness.
Our thoughts and prayers here at KLEW are with the Tippett family.
We would also like to say ‘thank you’ to Bob for his countless years of dedication to our region.
Nez Perce County public officials will be sending a card to the Tipett family.