June 23, 2004 by

Dan Denton

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Categories: Military, Scientists

Dan Carlton Denton, a war hero and conservationist, died on June 4 of multiple myeloma. He was 61.
Denton graduated from Mississippi State University with a master’s degree in wildlife biology. He was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and served as a combat pilot in Vietnam. For his service overseas, Denton received the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air medals.
Back in the states, Denton considered becoming an airline pilot, but decided to put his advanced degree to good use instead. So he took a job with Ducks Unlimited, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving wetland habitats for North America’s waterfowl. During his 32 years with DU, Denton raised millions of dollars in funding and helped establish more than 300 chapters in nine southeastern states.
In a cooperative project between DU and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Denton helped the state improve its migratory wintering habitat. For his participation, a section of the Oconee River was designated a waterfowl management area and named in his honor.

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  1. David Haymore

    today is monday sept. 20, 2004..for some reason i have become interested in Ducks Unlimited again after an 8 year absence from the organization. I decided to surf the net and locate Dan, who was so instramental in helping me for the 5 years i chaired the Newton County Georgia DU committee. I remember Dan always being there when i needed him. When i took over the DU chapter in the late ’80’s i quickly found out that i was a one man team, but Dan stepped in and was there with me every step of the way. I will surely miss him and his friendship. David Haymore

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