David Dill

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David Dill
David Dill.jpg
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 3A district
6A (2003–2013)
In office
January 7, 2003 – August 8, 2015
Preceded by redrawn district
Succeeded by Rob Ecklund
Personal details
Born (1955-07-07)July 7, 1955
Indianapolis, Indiana[1]
Died August 8, 2015(2015-08-08) (aged 60)
Armstrong, Thunder Bay District, Ontario
Political party Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party
Spouse(s) Tucky
Children Drake
Residence Crane Lake, Minnesota
Alma mater Indiana University
Profession Commercial pilot, aircraft mechanic, legislator

David K. Dill (July 7, 1955 – August 8, 2015) was an American politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, he represented District 3A in northeastern Minnesota. He was also a consultant, a commercial pilot and an aircraft and power plant mechanic.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Dill graduated from Southport High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, then attended Indiana University.[2] He served as city administrator for Orr, Minnesota for 11 years prior to being elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives.[3]

Minnesota House of Representatives[edit]

Dill was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2002 and re-elected every two years since then. He served as chairman of the Iron Range Legislative Delegation during the 2005–2006 biennium.[4]

Personal life[edit]

During the summer months, Dill spent time in northwestern Ontario tending to his business, Thunderhook Fly-Ins.[5]

Dill was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in his early 20s. He later acknowledged that he did not look after his health, allowing his weight to surpass 300 pounds.[6] In 2008, Dill underwent gastric bypass surgery, losing more than 150 pounds.[1] As a result of diabetic nephropathy, Dill eventually had only 15% renal function and needed to go on dialysis or have a kidney transplant. He was hoping for a transplant from his sister. Dill announced that he nevertheless intended to run for re-election.[7] On October 12, 2010, he received a kidney transplant at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. The transplant was successful.[8] He later had a pacemaker installed to treat an irregular heartbeat.[6]


Dill was hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic in mid-July 2015 to undergo chemotherapy.[6] He died on August 8, 2015, of cancer at the age of 60 at Camp Thunderhook in Armstrong, Ontario.[3][9]

A funeral service was held on August 15 at the Backus Community Center in International Falls, Minnesota.[10]


  1. ^ a b Myers, John. "State Rep. Dave Dill hospitalized". Duluth News Tribune. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Dill, David". Legislators Past & Present. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Walsh, Paul (August 9, 2015). "NE Minnesota Rep. David Dill, championed outdoors, dies from cancer". Star Tribune. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ "David Dill Named to Head Iron Range Delegation at the Capitol". January 19, 2005. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  5. ^ "About Us". Thunderhook Fly-Ins. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c Klein, Tom (July 30, 2015). "State Rep. David Dill battles cancer". Timberjay. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ Tellijohn, Andrew (February 17, 2010). "Rep. Dill's kidney transplant needs not imminent". Detroit Lakes Online. Forum Communications. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  8. ^ Bierschbach, Briana (October 14, 2010). "Rep. Dill recovering from kidney transplant". Politics in Minnesota. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ Beager, Laurel (August 11, 2015). "Dill made a difference, say many". International Falls Journal. Retrieved September 19, 2015. 
  10. ^ Hanna, Bill (August 15, 2015). "Dill honored as larger than life ‘every man’". Mesabi Daily News. Retrieved September 19, 2015. 

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