Tom Monahan, owner of Tom’s T’s in Sturgis and designer of the official Sturgis logo, passed away yesterday morning at the Rapid City hospital from complications after heart surgery on Thursday. Tom was a both a hero, mentor, father, grandfather, friend and a pillar of the Sturgis community. Successively high school teacher, former co-owner at T&M Photography and the owner of the Sturgis Wine Bar and of Tom’s T’s since 1976, he also created and designed the official Sturgis logo, holding the contract until today.
Tom Monahan was always above the fray when it came to the multiple Sturgis Rally lawsuits and the contention that resulted. He was one of the few Sturgis Rally contributors who committed to the community 100% and who did a great deal to make certain that people in Sturgis benefited from the event. He loved the Rally. As a vendor and store owner for many years on Main Street, he respected the business people that came into the community, helped draw the crowds, resulting in increased sales for locals as well as out-of-towers, boosting sales tax revenue to benefit the people in South Dakota.