Survivor benefits for Active Members(When a member dies prior to retirement)
When a member dies prior to retirement, any survivor benefit that may be
available is dependent on factors such as whether the member was vested
or nonvested at the time of death, and whether the death was related to
the personís job (service-connected). Some important points to remember are:
You initially designate beneficiaries on the Member Sworn Statement
when you begin employment.
The most recent Beneficiary Designation form on file at the SDCERA office
is used to distribute survivor benefits.
You re-designate your beneficiary at the time of retirement.
The eligible surviving spouse, registered domestic
partner or children of an active member who dies may choose
one of the following death benefits depending on the
memberís status at the time of death.