Julian Lachiondo

Julian Lachiondo was born in Ibarrangelu, Bizkaia, in 1915. He immigrated to the United States in 1930 to join his father, Manuel, who was working as a sheepherder in Riverton, Wyoming. In 1938 he moved to Idaho where he began working for Pedro Gandiaga in his sheep business.  It was there he met his wife, Lydia Gandiaga, Pedro’s daughter and they were married in 1945 after Julian returned from serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Music was always an important part of Julian’s life.  He sang to his children and had an extensive collection of Basque records.  In 1949, Julian was part of the “Song of the Basque” production that was so successful in Boise.  He was one of a group of dancers that performed traditional Basque dances and sang with a men’s group called “Los Borrachos” joining with Ramon Echevarria, John Elorriaga, and brothers Louis, Tony and Jimmy Jausoro.

In 1950, using his record collection and albums he borrowed from local Basques, Julian became the first full time host of the Basque Program on KDSH and later KBOI. From 1950 to 1957, Julian could be heard every Monday night at 8:30 PM, playing Basque favorites, announcing requests and keeping listeners up to date on the latest news from the Basque communities in the West.

Julian passed on his love of music to his children, David and Juliana and enjoyed listening to it and sharing it with others all his life.  He died in Boise, Idaho, in 1971. His family has donated his record collection to the Basque Museum & Cultural Center.

Audio Recording: 
Julian Lachiondo in the Basque Radio Program, 1950s.