Years ago, the Kiwanis Club of Emmett named their Kiwanis Fun Run during Cherry Festival the “Louie Gorrono Fun Run.” Years ago, everybody knew Louie, but today few recognize the name of the man the Fun Run is named after.
Louie had a long and productive community life in Emmett. His civic accomplishments, memberships, participations and awards while too numerous to mention, include membership in the local American Legion unit for over 50 years and a 59 years perfect attendance record at the Kiwanis Club of Emmett.
Luis Gorrono, fondly known as “Louie” to the Emmett community, was born in 1919 to Basque immigrants Bruno and Luisa Gorrono. He graduated from Emmett High School and was an inductee in the Emmett High School Hall of Fame. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Force serving in the North Africa theatre. Attending classes at the University of Idaho, he graduated magna cum laude with a juris doctor degree.
In 1948, Louie opened his law practice in Emmett. His career spanned over eight decades. He also served as a Deputy Director of Civil Defense and past Commander of the Emmett Air Force Ground Unit Wing, a unique group formed during the Cold War to help spot possible enemy air invasions. Louie served as a long-time member of the Idaho State Bar; President of the Third District Bar Association. Locally he served as Gem County Prosecuting Attorney from 1951 through 1968 and as City Attorney for numerous years. In 1955, he served as one of the directors of the Gem County Swimming Pool Association which led in the swimming pool fundraising. For many years, the familiar voice of Master of Ceremonies, “Louie Gorrono,” was heard by those attending just about every event. Louie attended Kiwanis meetings at 89 years old and lived to be 91.
Sign up for the Cherry Festival Fun Run Walk
The Louie Gorrono Memorial Kiwanis-Cherry Festival 5K Fun Run & Walk begins at 8 a.m., Saturday, June 15 at the Emmett City Park. The run is hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Emmett.
Sign up at the Emmett City Park at 7 a.m., race is at 8 a.m., $20.