Rapid City legislator Sean McPherson died Thursday after a more than yearlong battle with cancer.
"I am heart broken to learn my friend Representative Sean McPherson from Rapid City has lost his battle with cancer," South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said in a tweet Thursday evening. "He is in a better place now and his legacy will not fade. He was a remarkable husband, father, public servant and friend to everyone. He will be deeply missed."
McPherson was elected in 2017 to the state legislature as a District 32 Representative. He was also a former Navy submariner, former teacher at Rapid City Christian and the pastor of a Nazarene church.
McPherson joined the Navy out of high school and was deployed as a submariner during the first Gulf War. He was a senior pastor at Real Life Church in Rapid City and Bible teacher at Rapid City Christian High School.
In a 2017 interview with the Journal, McPherson said he was committed to serving the Lord. "When you love something, you serve it,” McPherson said about first serving his country and then his state. "You can be part of the problem or part of the solution. In my little world the problem isn't really a problem, but I often pray, 'God protect the South Dakota families.' This is what's so cool about our state."
McPherson's fight with cancer began in February 2017. He lost his leg to a tumor a few months later and was thought to be cancer free by that summer. But in December it was discovered that the cancer had metastasized and was now growing in his lungs.
A letter posted April 5 on the Support for Sean Facebook page said McPherson and his wife, Kris, made the decision to no longer undergo treatments for his cancer after the last round wasn't effective.