Huron state Rep. Bob Glanzer has become the fourth known fatality in South Dakota from coronavirus, dying Friday in Sioux Falls, according to his son Thomas Glanzer via Facebook.
Glanzer, 74, had been airlifted to Sioux Falls from Huron on the morning of Tuesday, March 24. The Republican lawmaker told the Argus Leader on March 23 that he had a fever that was worsening and that he received a positive test result the day prior. He said he’d been self-isolating for about a week and didn’t think he’d had contact with others who had tested positive in Beadle County.
Glanzer was a retired agriculture loan officer who grew up on a farm northeast of Huron. He was also manager of the South Dakota State Fair during the 1970s.
One of Glanzer’s hobbies included recreating historical chuckwagons, competing in Dutch oven contests and demonstrations of what life was like on a prairie wagon train in the 1880s, according to biographical material from the South Dakota State Fair Foundation. His wagon and horses participated in South Dakota’s 125th anniversary Wagon Train in 2014, a convoy of wagons that went from Yankton to Pierre.
He had also written a series of articles over the years for the Huron Area Chamber and Visitor’s Bureau that were eventually compiled into a book, “You Can’t Unring a Bell.” The book was an autobiography of growing up on a farm during the 1950s and 1960s, his college experiences, adventures and other events of his life. The title for the book came from his belief that a person can’t undo bad choices.
“You can’t take back bad choices, events, accidents, lost relationships, or words spoken in haste for that matter,” he told the Fair Foundation. “We are destined to live with our memories, good and bad.”
Glanzer had not been a prime sponsor on any legislation in the current legislative session. He was a member of the Education and Agriculture and Natural Resources committees.
Gov. Kristi Noem has the power to fill the vacancy created by Glanzer’s death.
Glanzer and his wife, Penny, have two adult children.
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