Joseph Haugland Claggett was born August 29, 1927 at Sparta, WI to Verdi and Mildred (Haugland) Claggett. He grew up in Montevideo, MN where he was an Eagle Scout. He attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis and received his business education from Mankato Business College and Hamline University in St. Paul. He was married to Alice Meyer and later divorced in 1986. He owned Fiesta City Sales Company in Montevideo for several years and then moved to Mitchell in 1966 as a sales representative for Gold Bond and Gift House Stamps. Since 1969 he was involved in closed circuit TV Security Systems and real estate. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge where he was a 33 Degree Mason and the Methodist Church.
He is survived by four sons: John Claggett, Mitchell; David (JoAnn) Claggett, Spearfish; Paul (Cheri) Claggett, Mitchell and Rev. James (Jan) Claggett, New York; three daughters: Ellen (Tom) Lee, Pierre; Nancy Voigt, Mitchell and Susan (Steve) Haiar, Mitchell; 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Virginia, granddaughter, Sara Claggett and brother-in-law, Harry Theisen.