Dr. Donald W. and Mrs. Bonnie Jean Tarun on top of Mount Rushmore (1940).
Photo used by permission.

"Donald W. Tarun from White Owl, SD, and Bonnie Jean Cruickshank of Sturgis, SD, started going together in sixth grade and married in 1941 in Sturgis. She followed him to Chicago where he went to medical school (and she to nursing school) and then onto Mayo Clinic for his medical internship and residency.

A  Mayo Fellow, Dr. Tarun served as a Captain in World War II. While they lived for 60 years in Chicago where he became a leading internist, they always maintained her childhood home in Sturgis. Dr. and Mrs. Tarun cherished Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills and are now buried together in Black Hills National Cemetery.”

Robert Tarun, son
San Francisco, CA  


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What do you love best about Mount Rushmore? What is your favorite memory? What did you tell your friends about your experiences here?

Take this opportunity to preserve those memories by becoming a Society member or donating. Help us lay the foundation for upcoming projects.

Membership. An important way for you to stay connected is to join. Simply click here to choose the level that best suits you.  Already a Member? Pass It On! Consider purchasing a Lifetime membership for a child or grandchild so that they can carry on your tradition of park stewardship for decades to come.

Donate. To make a tax-deductible donation, click here; or simply mail a check in an amount that is meaningful and significant to you to P.O. Box 1524, Rapid City, SD 57709. You will receive a letter and tax receipt in a few days. 

Benefits. Depending on the level of membership or giving level you choose, a variety of benefits can be yours. For a gift of $500 or more, you will receive a copy of our latest original publication In Their Own Words.

For a gift of $5,000 or more, qualified donors will receive the opportunity to have your name carved on the Grandview Terrace Donor Wall. 


Memorialize your family, a veteran or loved one in granite, where millions of visitors will see it each year ". . . until the rain and wind alone shall wear them away . . ." as sculptor Gutzon Borglum would say. Of course, you may wish to keep your gift anonymous. It’s your choice.

Because You Care. We hope to count you among those who truly understand that Mount Rushmore is “one of America’s best idea, and that you want to be a part of it for years to come! Thank you for your support!

For More Information. Call 605-341-8883 or click to contact Executive Director Diana Nielsen Saathoff or Development Director Gary Keller by email.