Idaho Legislators formally acknowledge Gen. Manning's service,
approve Concurrent Resolution No. 46

The august body that once included Darrell V Manning, paused recently to acknowledge – in the form of a concurrent resolution – his contributions to ITD, state government and the military. Manning retired in January after serving nearly six years as chairman of the Idaho Transportation Board (since 2007).

Surviving board members, colleagues, friends and family filled the ITD Headquarters auditorium on Jan. 11 to offer a collective thanks. A brief ceremony also introduced Darrell’s name, in brushed aluminum, as a silver backdrop in the auditorium. The unveiling represented a new designation for the room: Darrell V Manning boardroom and auditorium.

The Idaho House introduced concurrent resolution No. 46 to publicly honor Gen. Manning, citing a lifetime of public service that dates to his first term from District 34 in 1961.

Following is the concurrent resolution in text form:



Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:

WHEREAS, Darrell V. Manning was born in Preston, Idaho, graduated from Utah State University in 1955, married Rochelle in 1955, enlisted in the Air Force in 1955, spending six years of active duty and twelve years in the Air Force Reserve, and served during the Cuban Missile and Dominican Republic crises and flew missions over Southeast Asia during the Vietnam Conflict; and

WHEREAS, Darrell V. Manning left the Air Force Reserve in 1973, but joined the Idaho National Guard the same year, and twelve years later was appointed Adjutant and Commanding General of the Guard. He earned twenty-five military ribbons, medals and citations and a myriad of awards for outstanding service, he logged 5,700 hours of flying in the military, 8,000 hours as a civilian pilot, flew 65 different aircraft and traveled more than two million miles as a pilot; and

WHEREAS, General Manning served four terms in the Idaho House of Representatives from District 34 in 1961, 1963, 1965 and 1967, he served on several committees including Insurance, Public Utilities and Banking, Ways and Means, Printing and Legislative Expense, Industry and Labor, Aeronautics, Civil Defense, Military and Veterans Affairs, served two terms as the minority leader, served one term in the Idaho Senate 1971-72 where he served on the Commerce and Banking, and Judiciary and Rules Committees and ran for Idaho's Second Congressional District Representative in 1968, and of that unsuccessful run, he has said that he won in losing as he didn't have to go to Washington, D.C.; and

WHEREAS, General Manning served Idaho under eight governors, Robert E. Smylie, Don Samuelson, Cecil Andrus, John V. Evans, Phil Batt, Dirk Kempthorne, Jim Risch and C.L. "Butch" Otter, held posts in the Division of Aeronautics, Idaho Transportation Department, State Board of Education, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the Division of Financial Management, the Idaho Military Division, and the Bureau of Disaster Services (now the Bureau of Homeland Security), was one of just two nonlegislative members of the 1973 Executive Reorganization Commission that streamlined state 36 government by combining and eliminating state agencies, and served as first director of the Idaho Transportation Department in 1974, leaving in 1985, when he was appointed Adjutant General of the Idaho National Guard; and

WHEREAS, in 2005, General Manning was appointed to the Transportation and during his tenure as director and a board member he was president of the Western Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials, the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials and the Transportation Research Board; and

WHEREAS, with his legislative service and later, General Manning became an expert in parliamentary procedure both in Mason's Manual and Robert's Rules of Order; and

WHEREAS, General Manning announced his retirement on November 28, 2011, and Governor Otter said of him on his retirement, "Few people in Idaho history have had public service careers of the length, breadth, quality or impact of General Manning's. He is a state treasure, and one that I and generations of our citizens have appreciated and revered. I'm grateful that he's agreed to remain available to lend his advice, experience and good judgment to crafting Idaho's future."

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Session of the Sixty-first Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and the Senate concurring therein, that we honor and commend General Darrell V. Manning for his service to the State of Idaho and wish him well in his retirement.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk shall deliver a copy of this resolution to General Darrell V. Manning.

Published 3-2-2012