Bruce A. Hubbard, 71, of Sturgis, South Dakota, died November 25, 2021.
Bruce was born April 28, 1950, in Watertown, SD, to Ralph and Mary (Shelton) Hubbard. After graduating from Watertown High School in 1968, he attended the University of Arizona in Tucson where he was on the debate team. He graduated in 1972, with a bachelor’s degree in government. Bruce earned a law degree from the University of South Dakota Law School, Vermillion, in 1975. He was then selected to clerk for the chief justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court, where he worked for a year.
Bruce moved to Sturgis in 1976, to practice as an associate attorney with Morrill and Hansen Law Firm. One year later he became a full partner, and the firm was renamed Hansen and Hubbard Law Firm. His areas of practice included civil and criminal litigation, probate and estate planning, family law, real estate and contracts, and appeals. He retired from the law firm in 2012.
Bruce was a member of the Meade School Board from 1980-83, serving as president his last year. He was a member of the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and was president of the Black Hills Motor Classic Board from 1989-91, presiding over the 50th motorcycle rally. He was Meade School District school board attorney for more than 30 years, and also served as Whitewood City attorney.
His community involvement also included serving as a board member for several organizations, including the Northern Hills Alcohol and Drug Services/Compass Point, Badlands Head Start, Old Fort Meade Museum, Northern Hills CASA, and Sturgis Lifecare Foundation.
For the past 14 years, Bruce’s passion and purpose in life had been serving as the defense attorney for the Northern Hills Drug Court. He firmly believed that individuals fighting drug addiction should be treated rather than incarcerated, and that Drug Court could help turn their lives around and enable them to be productive citizens.
Bruce, aka the Beatles fanatic, is survived by his wife Kris of Sturgis; daughter Brittony (Steve) Maag, Las Vegas, NV; sister Jean (Craig) Evans, Powell, WY; brother Bob (Jo) Hubbard, Lincoln, NE, and their children Steve and Jane, New York City, Scott and Helen, Wichita, KS, Chris and Gail, Omaha, NE, and Susan and Chris Chaney, Olathe, KS; brother-in-law Patrick (Nancy) Lyons, Brookings, SD, and their children Mandy and Bill deBlonk, Brookings, and Meghan and Joji Calabro, Prairie Village, KS; sister-in-law Frani (Kevin) Pilgrim, Gravette, AR, and their children Delaney Willard and Thomas Phalen.
A memorial gathering will be held at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to www.kinkadefunerals.com.