Ted Diehl, manager of the North Side Canal Company in Jerome, is retiring April 30. He has held the position for 44 years, making him the longest-serving manager in the 109-year history of the company.
Diehl was appointed manager of the company on June 1, 1969. The company provides irrigation water to users in Jerome, Gooding and Elmore counties.
Diehl graduated from Jerome High School and joined the Naval Reserve during World War II, becoming a Navy fighter pilot. He also became the Navy Golden Gloves boxing champion. After two years of Navy service, Diehl began studying agricultural engineering at University of Idaho on a football scholarship. He graduated in 1950.
Diehl farmed for a few years after college, and was recruited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He completed the FBI Academy and served as an agent for two years. He left the agency to return to farming and agricultural engineering in Jerome until he joined NSCC.
Diehl helped pioneer the development of in-canal hydropower production in southern Idaho. Under his guidance, NSCC built four hydropower projects in its system. He also spearheaded water projects including the repair of dams at American Falls, Jackson Lake and Milner. He spent two years as president of the Idaho Water Users Association and as president of the Northwest Irrigation Operators.
A public reception in Diehl’s honor will be from 1-5 p.m. April 24 at the Sawtooth Inn at 2653 S. Lincoln Ave. in Jerome.