Edward Lodge originally attended Notre Dame but decided to come back to the Treasure Valley, transferring to Boise Junior College where he was a two-time junior college All-American for the Broncos in 1953 and 1954. He also excelled in track and field for the Broncos.
Lodge was quick and illusive, earning the nickname “Mr. Swift”. He helped the 1953 team to the Intermountain Collegiate Athletic Conference championship with an 8-1 record, and in 1954, he scored 15 touchdowns for Coach Lyle Smith’s team for a 9-1-1 Bronco team. Although Lodge ran 60 yards for a touchdown that year, the Broncos only loss was to Compton, California, 7-6. Despite being a star, according to Coach Smith he had the class to “never go any place without coming up and saying ‘Thanks coach for taking me.’” Lodge is also a former Golden Gloves champion.
After leaving the Broncos, Lodge graduated from the College of Idaho, Cum Laude and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho law school.
Judge Edward Lodge has served 37 years in various Idaho courts. In 1963, he became a Probate Judge in Canyon County and within two years was the youngest person ever appointed to the District Court in Idaho. He was a District and Administrative Judge for the Third Judicial District of Idaho for 25 years and a United States Bankruptcy Judge from 1988-1989. He was then nominated by Idaho Senator James McClure to be a U.S. District Judge and was appointed by President George H.W. Bush, with unanimous consent of the Senate.
Judge Lodge presided over the Claude Dallas trial and also the Randy Weaver trial. He is a former president of the Idaho Judges Association and is the first trial judge to receive the Kramer Award for Excellence in Judicial Administration. Of his responsibility, Judge Lodge noted “You have to be willing to give people their day in court and to understand that this is usually the most important thing in their life, whether it’s a big case or a small case, and treat it as such.”
Chief Judge Winmill said of Lodge: “The high regard in which he is held by his peers is reflected by his selection as chair of the Chief Judges Conference for the Ninth Circuit.” Chief Magistrate Judge Williams said “The people of the State of Idaho owe a deep dept of gratitude to Judge Lodge for his many years of unselfish public service.”
Judge Lodge received the Distinguished Lawyer Award for 2002. This lifetime achievement award, which is the highest honor given by the State Bar, is presented to lawyers who have distinguished the profession through exemplary conduct, unwavering commitment to high ideals and many years of dedicated service to the profession, and the citizens of Idaho. In September of 2002, Judge Lodge was inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame Association, and in June, 2007 Lodge was presented with the Life Achievement Award from the Half-Century Society.
Lodge was elected to the Boise State Athletic Hall of Fame and is a lifetime member of the Bronco Athletic Association.
Congratulations and thanks for your outstanding service, Justice Lodge! And thank-you for paving the way for the 2010 Boise State football team!