Remembering David Dill
1955 - 2015 | THUNDERHOOK PARTNER | MINNESOTA LEGISLATOR
It is with a heavy heart that we remember our husband, father and friend, David Dill of Thunderhook. David passed away August 8th, 2015, after a short battle with a rapidly growing lymphoma.
The Dill Family
David was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 7th, 1955 to Dr. Chuck and Maryrose Dill. Early in life David developed a love for the outdoors while hunting ducks, geese, quail and pheasants with his family and friends in Indiana as well as spending time at their cabin on Sand Point Lake in the heart of Minnesota's Voyageurs National Park.
Many of David's summers as a teenager were spent guiding fishermen for local resorts on the border lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Ontario's Quetico Park. Between his knowledge of fishing and vibrant personality, David quickly booked and outfitted his own trips to one of the world's greatest walleye fisheries, Sturgeon Lake, in the heart of Ontario's Quetico Park.
David found his true passion in life and fell in love with aviation as he watched the seaplanes come and go from Crane and Sand Point Lakes as fishermen would embark on their journeys northbound to fish walleye. David quickly began flying lessons in Indianapolis, IN and International Falls, MN. It was while on the ramp in International Falls that David met his wife, Tucky.
After being married in 1978, David and Tucky moved back to Indianapolis where they started an air charter company flying auto parts, tires, cancelled checks as well as human organs to customers and recipients around North America. In 1982, they moved back to Minnesota's north country. The Dill's only child, Drake, was born in 1989
Once back in the North Country, David wasted no time keeping himself busy. He quickly started a satellite TV business which brought live television to many homes in rural northern MN, became active as the local chapter president of Ducks Unlimited, developed a large portion of Northern Minnesota's snowmobile trail system and served as the city administrator in Orr, MN. Enjoying politics, David ran for public office in 2002. David was elected to the Minnesota Legislature in 2002, where he worked until his death.
While in the legislature, David was a champion for outdoor related issues and served as chairman on many committees including the Environment and Natural Resources Policy Finance Committee as well as the House, Fish and Forestry Committee.
David worked to pass important legislation with others authorizing Minnesotans to carry concealed weapons, hunt the elusive timber wolf and transport uncased firearms. These are just a few of David's accomplishments. One of David's biggest honors was being selected as the recipient of one of the NRA's highest honors, the "Defender of Freedom" award.
David was diagnosed with a rare cancer often associated with kidney transplants on July 9th, 2015. He had received a new kidney in 2010. On July 12th he was rushed to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN as his health began rapidly declining. True to his nature, David wanted to fight the cancer, as there were treatment options available. With less than a month of treatment under his belt, David passed away on August 8th, 2015. His memorial service was held one week later in the historic Backus Auditorium in International Falls, MN. Over 800 attended the service. Friends and family alike, including Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton shared memories.
Those who knew David well knew he was the happiest spending his summers in Northwestern Ontario enjoying time with Tucky and Drake, being in the outdoors and sharing his love of aviation with others. We will always love and miss him