W. Joe Anderson

W. Joe Anderson, 1923-2002

Distinguished Alumni

Mr. Anderson has been practicing law for over 50 years. His areas of expertise were banking, municipal law, and estate and business planning and real estate.

Mr. Anderson was a dedicated veteran, having been awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon, two Bronze Stars, the Air Medal, and the Prisoner or War Medal.

Following military service in World War II, Mr. Anderson graduated from the University of Washington Law School after receiving his Bachelors Degree from the University of Washington. After practicing for 10 years by himself he formed a partnership with John Sharp and then, two years later, Gene Bush joined the firm. That firm evolved into Anderson Nelson Hall Smith.

In the State Bar Association, he served as Chairman of the Law and Practice Committee, Chairman of the Resolutions Committee, and many years as a member and Chair of the Hearing Committee for professional malpractice complaints. He also served as a member of the Bar Examination and Grading Committee and twelve years on the Idaho State University Tax Institute Advisory Committee and was a founding member and President of the Eastern Idaho Estate Planning Council.

Civic activities have included local President and State President of the Idaho State Jaycees, President of the Idaho Falls Kiwanis Club, Chairman of the Lincoln Day association, county and district chairman of a political party and a Director for Bonneville County Red Cross and Bonneville County Sportsmen’s Association.

Mr. Anderson was born on October 4, 1923 in Hansen, Idaho. He passed away on July 29, 2002, He was married to the former Beatrice (Trixie) Farr of Idaho Falls. They are the parents of three daughters. He enjoyed golf, gardening, and fishing.