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Ellis Weston Lamborn

December 1, 1921 ~ November 26, 2017 (age 95)

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Ellis Weston Lamborn was born December 1, 1921 in Laketown, Utah and passed away on November 26, 2017.  He grew up in Laketown with 2 older brothers and one younger. During his early years the family raised pigs, and grew potatoes and cabbage to support the family. At some point they added a couple of milk cows and sold the surplus milk.


After graduation from high school he enrolled at Utah State University to gain a college degree.  While attending college he met his future bride, Ruth Dutson. They married in the Salt Lake City Temple on February 26, 1943. Upon graduation from Utah State, the family moved to the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana where Ellis obtained his Masters degree.


Later, they moved to Ithaca, NY where Ellis attended Cornell University.  He earned his PhD on June 16, 1947. With his education completed, he accepted a position at Utah State University.   Several years later he accepted a position at the Foundation of Economic Education, in New York where they remained just a few years.   They desired to return west and accepted another position at Utah State. He remained at Utah State for fourteen years then moved to Boise, Idaho with Boise Junior College, which became Boise College and later it became Boise State University.   


He was the second economics professor hired and the first department chair in Boise.  He was known as the “father of the Department of Economics”.  After 21 years with Boise State and having been nominated as “teacher of the year” multiple times, he retired from teaching.  After he retired, Ellis worked an additional semester donating the income earned from that semester’s work to establish a scholarship fund.  The scholarship fund was named for Dr. Lamborn, despite his personal objections.   The fund is still operating and is assisting students in providing financial assistance.


Ellis had a dry sense of humor and liked to tease everyone.  You knew you were on his good side if he teased you.  He loved doing that and was known in his classrooms as blaming his wife for how he dressed, how he taught and the grades he gave.   He was known as always wearing a bowtie as he taught. 


Ellis is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ruth of seventy-one years, all of his siblings, Grant, Paul and Howard, his oldest son, John and a grandson, Scott. He is survived by his sons Steven (Glenda) of Meridian, Idaho and Craig (Gwen) of Broomfield, Colorado, 9 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.


A graveside service will be conducted at the Logan Cemetery on December 2, 2017 at 1 pm.


In lieu of flowers donations may be made to his scholarship fund.  Donations may be mailed to:


Boise State University – Foundation

2225 University Drive

Boise, ID 83706


Fund ID BS 071

Or call: (208) 426-3276


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