First Western Bank
Mr. John E. Johnson
1200 Main Street
Sturgis, South Dakota 57785

“…First Western Bank has a definite ‘vision’ as to
how the exterior of their banks should appear and
how the interior of their banks should feel. Banks are
built to match the surrounding area, both to the
environments and existing structures. Lyle Murtha 
was quick to catch on as to what was expected 
in a building, and was extremely patient and
cooperative in making changes in the planning
 Lyle kept all factions of the construction
process well informed and, as change orders were 
necessary, they were handled efficiently and to 
everyone’s satisfaction.
 Lyle made suggestions
based upon his professional experience and whether 
they were used or not was never an issue.

This building is now completed and occupied. It is a very 
beautiful building without being pretentious, and is very
efficient in the use of space.
 The building has good traffic
patterns and to this point has served First Western Bank and 
First Western Insurance even better than hoped for.

This has been an enjoyable project with a very
satisfactory result. Having done several bank 
construction and remodel projects, I can assure you
that this is not always the case.  I would not hesitate 
to use Lyle Murtha on another bank construction
project and would recommend him highly…

John E. Johnson, President