Former South Dakota Secretary of State Joyce Hazeltine dies

Published: Oct. 1, 2016 at 4:43 PM MDT
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Former Republican South Dakota Secretary of State Joyce Hazeltine has died.

Hazeltine's son, Derek Hazeltine, says she died Friday in Custer.

She was 81 years old.

Joyce Hazeltine, who served as assistant chief clerk of the state House and secretary of the Senate, was elected secretary of state in 1986 and served through 2002. She also served as a National Association of Secretaries of State president.

Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson, who served as secretary of state after Hazeltine, described her as a graceful lady who had a great love for the state and her post.

Hazeltine was born July 16, 1935, in Pierre. She got a teaching degree from Huron College and taught for years in Aberdeen, Custer and Eureka.

A memorial service for Hazeltine is scheduled for Oct. 8.