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Jason D Walker

March 23, 1972 - October 16, 2021

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 25th at Highland Park Cemetery in Hermosa, SD, followed by a Celebration of Life with light refreshments at the American Legion Post 303 in Hermosa.

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Jason David Walker, 49, cosmic poet, wise confidante, fearless writer, magnificent brother and beloved son passed on Oct 16, 2021 leaving an unfathomable void in the hearts of those who loved him.
Jason was born in Rapid City, SD on March 23, 1972 and graduated from Rapid City Central High School in 1990. He matriculated at Concordia University in St Paul, MN and finished a BA of English and a Masters’ degree in Library Science. He had a long-standing career at the Rapid City Public Library, finishing his time as a beloved and well-known Associate Library Director. He played an instrumental role in lobbying the South Dakota State Legislature in support of library funding resulting in a drastic expansion of the Rapid City Public Library system during his tenure.
He was a published poet and author spending considerable time mentoring new authors in the Black Hills. He founded several writers’ groups and edited for regional poetry and literature journals during his time. Jason travelled extensively becoming the purveyor of obscure facts and amazing acquaintances. He lived fully and completely, giving all he could until he was unable to give anymore and passed peacefully after a long-standing illness.
Jason believed deeply in the power of reading and words. Those wishing to honor please make a donation to the Jason Walker Memorial fund at First National Bank of Omaha or visit to make a donation online to honor his passion for literacy.

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