A sad passing.
Friends and family of Lee Anderson were saddened and shocked upon hearing the news of the local judge’s death Monday afternoon.Read it all here. (Registration required.) As you can read in the article, Judge Anderson has many admirers who speak very highly of him. While I don't know the man, this is certainly a tragic loss.
Anderson, 54, was found dead of an apparent suicide at 1:45 p.m. outside his rural Mitchell home. He had served as a judge for nearly 15 years.
Friend and state Rep. Mike Vehle, of Mitchell, said Anderson had a “zest for life.”“I loved him dearly,” said Vehle. “I think of all our trips and the things we did, and the things I would have never done if it wasn’t for Lee.”
Word of Anderson’s death spread quickly Monday. Employees at the Davison County Courthouse were visibly shaken Monday afternoon. Colleagues around the state already had heard the news by late afternoon.
“We were notified around 2 p.m. that Judge Lee Anderson had suddenly passed away,” said Judith Roberts, of Pierre, legal council with the South Dakota Unified Judicial System. “We don’t have any information on his death.
“Our hearts, prayers and thoughts go out to his family and friends in Mitchell.”
Details about his death were being withheld Monday. The Davison County Sheriff’s Department investigated the incident, but Sheriff David Miles declined any comment on the incident, saying he had been told by judicial authorities in Pierre to stay quiet.