State Rep. Dan Dryden has died

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - State House Representative Dan Dryden of Rapid City died Tuesday morning following a battle with cancer.

Dryden has represented District 34 since 2011. He was also a former business manager for the Rapid City Area Schools.

“South Dakota has lost a true public servant,” Gov. Dennis Daugaard said in an online statement.” Dan Dryden was respected in the Legislature for his steady, common-sense approach. He was committed to sound financial management, and was an expert in school finance.

“Like many others, I admired Dan’s dedication to serving our state, even as he quietly fought his battle with cancer. Linda and I offer our condolences to Judy, the Dryden family and Dan’s many friends at this difficult time.”

Daugaard will order flags to fly at half-staff statewide in honor of Rep. Dryden on the day of his funeral, which has yet to be determined.