By Marj Frew
A sweet engagement photo in the July 5, 1995, edition of the Bennett County Booster shows Tyler Petrak and Tiffany Jacquot, in what Tiffany now calls “their biker days!” The article reads, “Mr. and Mrs. Joe Jacquot of Martin announce the engagement of their daughter, Tiffany Jo Jacquot, to Tyler William Petrak, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Petrak, of Chamberlain.”
Tiffany graduated from Bennett County High School in 1998, and went on to attend North Dakota State College of Science, and graduated from South Dakota State University in 1995, with a home economics education degree.
Tyler graduated from Chamberlain High School in 1986, and attended Watertown Vo-Tech School, and South Dakota State University, graduating in 1995.
Tiffany explained, “We met at school at SDSU in Brookings, where we were both going to school. Steve Nies, of Martin, actually introduced us.”
“One day a few years later, he surprised me by showing up unexpectedly at my home farm where I was working with my folks. That was when he proposed. I was quite surprised when he showed up.”
The couple was married on August 4, 1995, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Martin, with Fr. Christian Keeler performing the ceremony.
Twenty-five years later, the couple will be celebrating their Silver Anniversary this fall.
Following their wedding, the Petraks lived in Sioux Falls for just a few months. “I worked for Georgia Pacific Lumber Company, and was travelling a lot,” added Tyler.
“The company allowed us to move back to Brookings, where we lived for ten years,” explained Tiffany. “Our first three children were born while we lived in Brookings.”
“Also during that time, we built seven houses in Brookings. We moved back to our ranch here in Martin on February 22, 2002. Our home here is our eighth house. We’re not moving!” exclaimed Tiffany.
Since that time they have been living the busy ranch life, and have also added on to their family.
Their oldest son is Tagg, 23, who is married to Amy O’Neill Petrak. They are expecting their first child in May, which will be Tyler and Tiffany’s first grandchild.
Their second son, Tate, is 21, and is a student at Chadron State College. He continues the tradition of rodeo as a member of the college team.
Their daughter, Tarryn, also known as Sally, will soon be 19. She is also student at Chadron State College.
The Petraks stay busy with their youngest two still in high school. Daughter, Valandra High Hawk, is a sophomore at Bennett County High School. Their youngest son, Haden Chase Alone, is a freshman at Bennett County High School.
Their advice for newlyweds, according to Tiffany, is “To have a sense of humor, work hard, and keep God in the center.”
Tyler, agrees, with a simple, “Yes, dear.”
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