Governor Kristi Noem announced Farrar’s death on behalf of his family, saying, “Frank was an incredible leader for our state and a mentor to me over these past year, as well. His heart for people and his enthusiasm for public service have been an inspiration. Frank stayed active up until the day he died, as evidenced by the statue of him running on the Trail of Governors. He even competed in triathlons and Ironman competitions into his eighties. We should all hope to be able to live as active, caring, and full a life as Frank” [Tony Venhuizen, “Gov. Frank Farrar 1929–2021,” SoDak Governors, 2021.10.31].
AP notes that Farrar was the last elected incumbent Governor to lose his bid for reëlection. (Subsequent incumbents Harvey Wollman and Walter Dale Miller lost their reëlection bids, but they took office by succession, not election.) We can only hope Farrar’s mentorship rubbed off enough that Noem will become South Dakota’s next one-term governor.