(1927 - 2011)
John Hepworth grew up and attended school in Albion, Idaho. During his youth, John enjoyed and excelled in all sports. He had a particular fondness for basketball and enjoyed a lot of success as a high school basketball player and even played one year of college ball at Idaho State. John, with the help of his three brothers, made the Hepworth name famous in Idaho sports. His stardom in basketball even resulted in several articles written about him in the local newspapers.
John graduated from Albion High School in 1945. Immediately after graduation he enlisted in the Navy where he served until the end of the war in 1946. He was stationed on the USS Attu. After the war, John attended Idaho State University from 1946 until 1948. He then attended the University of Utah from 1948 until 1952 where he received his law degree.
John went on to become well known for his many accomplishments as a trial lawyer. He opened his own private law practice in Buhl in 1952 and developed a strong reputation in the Magic Valley and throughout the state of Idaho. John proved to be very skillful in the courtroom as an ardent advocate for his clients. Throughout the 60s and 70s, John tried many jury trials to successful verdicts and, in a few cases, set records for the largest verdicts in the state for the types of cases he handled. During the 80s and 90s, the Hepworth law firm continued to grow and thrive. The one constant throughout the life of the firm was the skill and leadership that John provided. He was hard working, smart, and fiercely competitive - all attributes that served his varied clients well. John was a civil trial lawyer and the courtroom was his stage. He was a "lawyers lawyer" and was liked and respected by his colleagues. Many of his courtroom adversaries were his closest friends, which was a reflection of his professionalism. His career as a trial lawyer was long and distinguished.
John was a gentleman in and out of the courtroom and he treated everyone with respect. He enjoyed people and liked to visit with them. He never knew a stranger and was always ready with a handshake. He loved the law, his family, and any sport in which a ball was used. In his later years, he enjoyed playing golf, but loved playing tennis.