Kevin J. Dalsted

A funeral service was held Monday, July 20, 2015, at St. Thomas More Parish, Brookings, S.D. for Kevin J. Dalsted, 63, of Brookings.

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Posted on 7/24/15

He died  July 14, 2015, as a result of injuries sustained from a farming accident while he was working alongside his brothers in Colorado.

Kevin Jon Dalsted was born on January 22, 1952, in Langdon to Alvin and Mabel (Zarn) Dalsted. He attended school in Langdon and graduated valedictorian of his class in 1970. During his glory days, he played varsity basketball, threw the javelin, and participated in FFA. He was active in national honor society as well as being a national merit scholar. He attended North Dakota State University and earned a B.S. in Soils in 1974, and an M.S. in Soils in 1977. He loved his work. He called South Dakota State University his professional home since 1977, and he worked in several capacities at the University related to remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems, areas in which he published widely. He was the former director of the Engineering Resource Center at the College of Engineering and was most recently the assistant director of the Water Resource Institute, the associate director of the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium, and a program manager for the EDA University Center. He was involved in numerous projects throughout his career that took him many places, ranging across the state, country, and world. He took special pride and joy in his recent work on a team that is developing a system to prevent combine fires. He was a member of the American Society of Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing, serving as Secretary and Treasurer for the Upper Midwest Chapter. He was a wonderful colleague to innumerable people over the years, and his professional relationships were more often than not warm personal friendships. People valued him for his technical expertise and his calm demeanor, but most of all they loved his sense of humor. As dedicated as he was to his work, his family was the most important part of his life. He married Kay (Ottesen) on February 20, 1982, and they made their home in Brookings. He was the loving and devoted father of Alisha, Evan, and Kyle, and grandfather of Hazel. Over the years, he could be found supporting his children’s endeavors, whether it be cheering from the sidelines of a soccer field; pacing around the tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts; or re-learning calculus three times in order to help with homework. He loved sharing his hobbies with his kids, whether or not they actually showed any interest. As an avid woodworker, he made countless desks, shelves, and picture frames for family members. He also loved all genres of music and could be found most evenings tapping his toes to the sounds of his vintage stereo system. He and Kay would spend many summer hours together in the family’s garden. After a long day of yard work, he’d be sure to enjoy at least two helpings of dinner, a cold Coke Zero, and a bowl of ice cream while checking in on his favorite teams, watching a good movie, or enjoying one of the many, many books he read during his life.

Kevin was preceded in death by his parents Alvin and Mabel Dalsted, and his brothers-in-law Lloyd Ottesen and Bernard Ottesen.

Kevin is survived by his wife Kay of Brookings; his daughter Alisha McKay and her husband Micah and daughter Hazel of Madison, Wisc.; his son Evan Dalsted of Madison, Wisc.; his son Kyle Dalsted and his girlfriend Erin Harwood of Minneapolis, Minn.; his brother Norman Dalsted and his wife Joy; his brother Galen Dalsted; and his sister Luann Bauer and her husband Dave. He also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, Kevin’s family recommends that donations be made in his memory to ACE Camp, a camp for high school students interested in aviation careers held at SDSU every summer.

Eidsness Funeral Home of Brookings, S.D. was in charge of arrangements.