Former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Daryl Hecht passes away

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Former Siouxlander and Iowa Supreme Court Justice Daryl Hecht, of Sloan, has passed away. The Iowa Judicial Branch made the announcement Wednesday.

Hecht was battling melanoma and resigned from the Iowa Supreme Court in December 2018 to receive treatment. He served on the Supreme courts since 2006. 

Hecht grew up on a family farm near Lytton, Iowa and then received his bachelor’s degree from Morningside College in 1974. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of South Dakota in 1977. For 22 years, he practiced law in Sioux City before being appointed to the court of appeals in 1999. He served there until his appointment to the supreme court in 2006.

“I always looked forward to spending time with Daryl when we both would travel to Des Moines for oral arguments and meetings,” Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady said. “He was an enthusiastic student of the law and a strong advocate for his position when we discussed cases. He was also a great friend and we spent many hours talking about our families and events in our lives. I will miss him, greatly.” 

Hecht was active in many organizations over the years. He served as a past president of the Iowa Association for Justice, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Home and Family Services, the Morningside College Alumni Association, the Woodbury County Judicial Magistrate Nominating Commission, and the Woodbury County Compensation Commission.

Hecht is survived by his wife, two daughters, and three grandchildren.

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