Councilor Terry dies in highway crash in Idaho

<p>Doug Terry in 2008.</p>

ENTERPRISE – A funeral service for Doug Terry, who was killed Thursday, July 26, in an auto accident west of Orofino, Idaho, is scheduled Friday, Aug. 3, at 1 p.m. at Enterprise Community Church.

A member of the Enterprise City Council since January 2009, Terry had recently announced that he would not seek reelection in November. City administrator Michele Young said Monday that no appointment would be made to fill Terry’s seat on an interim basis. The six-member council will instead run a person short until January’s swearing-in of newly elected members.

According to an Idaho State Police accident report, Terry, 63, and his wife, Carol Terry, 62, were westbound July 26 on US 12 in their 2002 Dodge Caravan when an eastbound vehicle, a 2003 Ford Explorer driven by Gregory Munson, 64, of Orofino, crossed over center and collided with the Terrys’ vehicle head-on.

The accident occurred at 1:17 p.m. at milepost 38.

Doug Terry, the van’s driver, was declared dead at the scene. Carol, his only passenger, was transported with injuries to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. Munson was also transported to St. Joseph.

In a phone conversation with the Chieftain office Monday morning, a Terry family member said Carol was expected to be released from the hospital on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

The Terrys and Munson were all wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, ISP reported.

The road was blocked for approximately five hours after the accident.

Enterprise city administrator Michele Young said she phoned Mayor Steve Lear Friday morning in Florence, where Lear was attending a mayors conference, to inform him of Terry’s death.

“The city obviously sends their condolences to the Terry family,” Young said to the Chieftain afterward. “Our prayers are with Carol, hoping she’ll be OK.” Doug Terry’s death “is a loss to the community,” Young said.

On the Enterprise council, Doug Terry belonged to three committees – the Fire Department, Parks, and Executive committees – and was a driving force behind the city government’s now-yearlong project to refigure Enterprise sewer rates.

Roughly around the time Terry joined the council, Young noted, he was also involved in a project of the Wallowa County Ford Institute Leadership Group to install bike racks in front of various businesses throughout the county.

As owners of the Burnaugh Building, a Bowlby stone structure built in 1916, the Terrys were at the forefront of local historic preservation achievements, gaining the building’s inclusion on the National Historic Register in 1993.

Doug Terry’s obituary appears on Page A7.

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