Charles “Eddie” Clay was born August 10, 1922 in Stahl, Missouri and moved to Eldora, Iowa at an early age. After graduating from high school in 1940, he enlisted and served with the 8th Air Force in the Pacific. Assignment to Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota allowed him to meet and marry the love of his life, Clara May Hagen. They owned and operated Fall River Abstract for 43 years.
A tireless worker in civic affairs, Eddie has provided vision and leadership to the Mount Rushmore Society, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, the Mammoth Site at Hot Springs, and numerous other organizations.
His service in the legislature and on Boards of Directors for many educational, tourism and arts organizations has been remarkable. A Mason for 50 years, Eddie Clay is a role model for South Dakotans.
Eddie and Clara have on daughter, Bobbi Kennedy, four grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
Former South Dakota legislator Charles "Eddie" Clay of Hot Springs died October 5, 2012 at the age of 90. Clay served in the state House from 1967-1974. He was also the 1974 Republican nominee for lieutenant governor.