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Former Congressman Clint Roberts Passes Away

Monday, February 13, 2017

The family of former South Dakota Congressman Clint Roberts is reporting that he passed away overnight.

Roberts, who was 82, served as the state’s Second District Congressman, elected in 1980. That seat was eliminated after the 1980 census, then Roberts lost the 1982 election to democrat Tom Daschle.

Roberts also served in the State Senate from 1972 to 1978. Roberts was originally from Presho.

Early in his career, Roberts appeared in a few cigarette and beer commercials and roles in a handful of movies. He is also known for riding his horse into the state Capitol rotunda during the 1976 Bicentennial ball.

In his later years, Roberts and his wife lived along the banks of the Missouri River in Fort Pierre.

Roberts passed away at 12:45am Monday morning at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital.

Roberts’ funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Pierre followed by a luncheon. Burial will be at the Presho Cementary to be followed with cookies and prayers at the Presho Methodist Church. Daugaard requests that all flags in South Dakota fly at half-staff on Friday, the day of Roberts’ funeral.

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