Former candidate for governor, USD professor Michael Myers dies

Michael Myers, a former USD professor and an independent candidate for governor in 2014, died Wednesday in Minneapolis.

According to his obituary, Myers was born in Sioux Falls in 1936. He graduated from the University of South Dakota and began a long career that included photojournalism in both Sioux Falls and Sioux City, attended night school before he gradated from USD with a law degree and returned to the university as a professor. He then became Legal Counsel for St. Joseph's Hospital in Sioux City. He continued to move on: CEO of Mayo-St. Mary's Hospital and a Mayo Trustee, Rochester, Minnesota; CEO of Fairview Riverside Medical Center, Minneapolis, and COO, Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City, Iowa, and Board Director of Minnesota Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Members of his family say Myers "was enjoying life to the fullest. He lived in a hipster neighborhood with walking paths and views of Lake Calhoun, he attended weekly spinning classes, ate at great restaurants, practiced yoga and visited local Zen centers, and most importantly, our family spent time with each other."

He was 80 years old.

Services include a mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph on Tuesday May 2nd at 10:00 a.m. A reception will follow. He will be buried at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Montrose.