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 Dan Elvin Dennis

Dan Elvin Dennis

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Death 21 Jul 1998 (aged 54)
Burial Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA
Plot MA, 0, 88
Memorial ID 574706 · View Source
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Anchorage Daily News July 30, 1998

Anchorage resident Dan Elvin Dennis, 54, a retired Attorney and Brigadier General in the Alaska Air National Guard, died July 21, 1998, in Boise, Idaho. A memorial service was held at Chapel One, Elmendorf Air Force Base. An earlier service was held in Boise.

Gen. Dennis was born Feb. 27, 1944, in Gooding, Idaho, to Elvin and Muriel (Mickey) Dennis. He graduated from high school in Marsing, Idaho, in 1962. He received his bachelor's degree in economics, magna cum laude, from Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa, and earned his juris doctorate degree at the University of Idaho in 1969. His military education included U.S. Naval Officer Indoctrination School, U.S. Naval Justice School and U.S. Air War College. Gen. Dennis enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1969 and received a direct commission in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. After military schools, he was stationed in New York City. Then he volunteered and was stationed in DaNang, Vietnam, between 1971 and 1972, then at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, until he left the Navy in 1973 and returned to Idaho. In Boise, he was appointed an assistant U.S. attorney. He also joined the U.S. Naval and Marine Reserve Training Center in Boise as the Judge Advocate General. Later he transferred to the Idaho Army National Guard as the Judge Advocate General. In 1977, he requested and received a transfer to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Anchorage. At the same time, he transferred to the Alaska Air National Guard and was assigned as the Judge Advocate General at the state headquarters. He was appointed as the Assistant Adjutant General for the Alaska Air National Guard in 1990 and was promoted to brigadier general in 1992. Gen. Dennis' awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Naval Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal, Air Force Reserve Longevity Medal and Navy Expert Pistol Ribbon. His military and civic affiliations included the National Guard Association of the United States, the Alaska National Guard Officers Association, the Alaska Bar Association, the Idaho Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Association of Trial Attorneys of the United States and the National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Gen. Dennis left the office of the U.S. Attorneys with two of his colleagues, Richard Kibby and Milton Moss, to form a private practice in 1981. He practiced in civil and criminal law in both federal and state court systems. He retired from his law practice and from the Air National Guard in 1995. His family wrote: ''... Dan loved to debate any areas of law as well as political issues. Dan's kindness, knowledge, ample laughter, cynicism, humor and quick wit were loved by all his friends and will be missed greatly. Dan loved his family, jobs and friends in the community. Dan was a member and elder in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He also loved the natural beauty of Alaska, especially the Kenai River where he and his family and friends spent the summer every year.'' He was preceded in death by his father.

Gen. Dennis is survived by his wife, Sayoko Mimoto; daughter, Martha Sayo; son, Caleb Mimoto; mother, Muriel; brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Rita and Dehryl and Sylvia; his nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends who are also considered family.


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  • Maintained by: Nancy K
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 574706
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dan Elvin Dennis (27 Feb 1944–21 Jul 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 574706, citing Fort Richardson National Cemetery, Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA ; Maintained by Nancy K (contributor 46949542) .