Douglas B. Hesnard

HERMOSA | Douglas B. Hesnard, age 61, of Hermosa, passed away Saturday, November 24, 2012, in Hermosa. Doug was born September 20, 1951, in Ft. Collins, CO, the second of six children to Don and Donna (Shorb) Hesnard. He grew up on the family ranch west of Hermosa along with brothers and sisters.

Doug graduated from Rapid City High School and South Dakota State University with a degree in Commercial Horticulture. Following graduation he worked for Bachman's Floral and Nursery of Minneapolis at their wholesale growing range.

Returning to the Black Hills in the early 1980's, Doug went to work at Flowers by LeRoy in Rapid City and later managed floral departments for Albertson's, Dan's SuperMarket and Family Thrift Center. He also worked a short time as the historian and event coordinator at the Old Governor's Mansion.

Doug was very involved in community activities. He was Past President of the Minnilusa Historical Association in Rapid City, Past President of the Custer County Master Gardeners, Past Master of Battle River Masonic Lodge #92 in Hermosa, President of the Hermosa Arts and History Association, a member of the Hermosa United Church of Christ and served as a horticulture judge at several local fairs and garden clubs.

He especially enjoyed his participation in the South Dakota Florists Association, serving in many different capacities including President, Vice-President, Secretary and Board Member. In 2008, Doug was honored by being elected to The South Dakota Florists Hall of Fame and in 2011 The Doug Hesnard Award For Excellence In Design was established.

Doug is survived by his mother, Donna of Hermosa; and his brothers and sisters, David and wife Susan Hesnard of Fayetteville, NC, Dwight and wife Linda Hesnard of Roca, NE, Danielle and husband Mike Larson of Elk River, MN, Dee and husband Jim Preston and Deb and husband Mike Smith all of Hermosa. He is also survived by stepbrothers and sisters, several aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, and especially all of his gardening and floral friends.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Hermosa with Pastor Diane Janssen-Hemmen officiating. Private family internment will be in Highland Park Cemetery in Hermosa.

Memorials have been established.

Family and friends may sign Doug's online guestbook at

Published in Rapid City Journal on November 26, 2012


<-- Read - December 7th article from the Rapid City Journal

Goodbye My Friend

by Kerry Bishop


Not a typical November sky,

That is sometimes a faded gray-

A special burst of orange and gold

Were the colors on display.


When I saw the brilliance

Of the evening setting sun

I felt in my saddened heart

That your race was nearly run.


I hoped that Heaven’s angels

Had painted the western sky

To give you a glorious sunset

Before you said goodbye.


We all, in our most recent prayers,

Had urged you seek the light

Of the door that God leaves open

When He knows the time is right.


But not just any white light

Would beckon to you now,

It would have to be just perfect

For you to journey on.


And so the colors they chose for you,

The brilliant pinks and yellow-reds,

Would light the path and guide your feet

And urge your soul ahead.


Late that night I got the call

That you had slipped the bond

Of the body weary, worn and spent-

I was relieved He called you home.


And so farewell to you at last,

My treasured and precious friend,

I will keep you in my memory

Until the day we meet again.