SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Former South Dakota Attorney General Mark Meierhenry has passed away.

According to his obituary, the 75-year-old Sioux Falls native died on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at his home following a lengthy illness.

“He is one of the premier trial lawyers in the history of South Dakota.  having master prosecution, criminal defense, and civil trial law, he was unique.  He argued six cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and there is probably no other South Dakota lawyer that has appeared before our Supreme Court so many times. He was a lawyer’s lawyer.  he will be missed by all lawyers in our state,” attorney Scott Abdallah said.

“Mark started his career in legal aid working with my father and ended up running the program all over South Dakota and he never lost his zeal for helping the little guy.  He was regarded as one of the foremost experts in our state’s history on Indian jurisdiction issues.  He was also universally regarded as one of the top jury trial lawyers in the state’s history and a mentor to many of us in the profession, just a true class act,” attorney Russ Janklow said.

Meierhenry served as Attorney General of South Dakota from 1979 to 1987.

Meierhenry being sworn in.

A public visitation with the family will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, August 4th at Miller Funeral Home, Southside Chapel.