The family farm was sold in the early 80’s and Don and Helen moved into Draper, taking on a gas station and cafe along I-90. The locals became the coffee crew who met up in the mornings and afternoons.
During this time, coffee shops and diners around the country were touting their “Rush Rooms”.
While on the school board, Don was insistent that girl’s sports be supported equally to boy’s sports.
He was proud of helping keep the Draper High School open for eight years longer than most people though possible. There were a lot of books in the Cromwell household.
Myrtle ran the local café and Alex was the deputy sheriff and operated the bar.
For many years, Myrtle also worked at the Lyman County Highway Department Office as a clerk. In her spare time, she loved to quilt and do art painting.
The Hilltop received fan mail and phone calls from around the country.He is survived by his wife, Helen, Pierre; daughters, Pat Cromwell (Skip Fossen), Rapid City, Robin Cromwell, Draper, Valerie Moore (Rick), Chamberlain; sons, Mike Cromwell (Dawn), Butternut, WI, and Chris Cromwell (Erika), Brandon, SD; 19 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchilden; two sisters, Margaret Hansen and Bev (Tom) Maples, Rapid City and a brother, Richard (Nancy) of Silt, CO.Logan Reyes Aguallo, 25, was born January 14, 1992 in Alliance to Joe and Peggy (Peterson) Aguallo.Don said that even if you didn’t know what you were doing it would probably work out okay if you just tried to do the right thing.Family and friends would probably recognize his catch phrase of “ah hell, you can do that”.