Heath Earl Tople
June 13, 1970 ~ February 9, 2013
Heath Earl Tople was born June 13, 1970, in Aberdeen, SD, to Jack and Penny (Grey) Tople. Shortly after, the family moved to Pierre where Heath was raised and educated. While in high school, he was very active in Boy’s State, music programs, politics, paper routes, and of course, radio at KCCR and Fred Smith. Heath was recognized by the Pierre mayor with “Heath Tople Day” for his attention to detail and assistance in stopping a burglary at a home he was delivering papers to. Heath was a passionate and caring person. Once, while riding his bike along the highway, Heath found a wallet and returned it to a vacationing couple. He also organized a successful strike of the local Pierre paper carriers against the Capital Journal. He later did lose his paper job but everyone got a raise. Heath graduated from Pierre Riggs High School in 1988.
He then attended and graduated from SDSU in 1993 with degrees in Communications, History, and Political Science. Heath again found work in radio at Brookings as well as managed the State Theater.
In 1991, Heath met and married Sabra Richardt. To this union, his two wonderful boys, Jon and Rob, were born. He proved he was a very proud father by showing up at the hospital in a tuxedo and bearing roses for his sons’ birth. Heath raised his sons to be Viking’s fans to the end. Jon and Rob will always treasure the trips to the Minnesota Twins or Vikings with their dad. Sunday’s were spent on the couch as “Viking Men” or playing PS II in all-out gaming wars until they couldn’t see any more. Heath loved to attend all of the boys’ events in school and sports.
Eventually, Heath and the family relocated in Brandon after he took a position at Results Radio in Sioux Falls on KIKN Hosting the popular morning show as Scotty Collins of Collins and Company and the Big Breakfast. He also became deeply involved in the community by holding positions as a Brandon City Councilman (where he was instrumental in establishing Robert Bennis Elementary, the new Brandon Community Library, and expanding/updating the Brandon Country Club and Golf Course), running for mayor, President of the Brandon Lutheran Church, member of the El Riad Shrine, and announcer for the Sioux Falls Stampede.
Tragically, Heath, 42, died Saturday, February 9, 2013, at his home in Sioux Falls.