Deadwood mourns Mayor Turbiville

DEADWOOD, S.D. – Flags are flying at half-staff in Deadwood as the community mourns the death of Mayor and State Rep. Chuck Turbiville.

Turbiville died at his home Saturday morning. The preliminary indication is that he had a stroke.

Turbiville became mayor in 2012 and was in his second stint as a state rep, serving from 2005 through 2013, returning to the House last year. He was running for re-election.

Monday night, Turbiville was remembered as a champion of Deadwood’s gaming industry – someone who knew it from the inside.

“About 25 years ago, Chuck used to deal cards right here at the Silverado,” said Mike Rodman from the Deadwood Gaming Association. “And so, he had a great understanding of the industry from that perspective. He always had the best interests of the employees at heart and the decisions that he made for the gaming industry.”

The president of the Deadwood City Commission, Gary Todd, says the loss of Turbiville is a real blow to the community.

“Chuck was a good friend,” Todd said. “Along the roads in his political career, I’m sure he met some people who didn’t always agree with him. But I always thought of him as a fair person, and I believe he’s going to be missed greatly.”

Turbiville was 75. Funeral arrangements are pending.

His name will remain on the Nov. 6 ballot. If he’s re-elected, the new governor will appoint a replacement.

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