The halls of the Capitol were somber Thursday morning as word spread that Greg Dean – a well-respected lobbyist and a friend of so many of us – had passed away on Wednesday evening from a pulmonary embolism. He was 58.
Greg was a person we all respected and admired. His integrity, intellect, and sense of humor made him a truly likable guy. His commonsense approach to issues and his passion for South Dakota made him an invaluable asset to the legislative process.
As legislators and lobbyists paused for a moment of silence on Thursday afternoon to reflect on Greg’s life, we were all reminded that life can change in a moment. And in that moment, we are neither Republican nor Democrat, we are not rural or urban, but rather we are South Dakotans who have far more in common than we do differences. We share a wonderful State with a bright future. We live in communities where friends and neighbors help each other because that’s who we are and that’s just what we do. We share a state where we help people we don’t even know, because that’s who we are and that’s just what we do.
So please show some kindness to others, find the humor in a situation, and look for ways to make South Dakota’s future even better. Because that’s what Greg would have done.