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Remembering Denny Alldridge

Denny Alldridge standing and smiling

The Special Olympics family is mourning the loss of Denny Alldridge, a retired faithful servant and a longtime leader of our movement. He died Sept. 5th at his home in Stoughton, WI. He was 72.

Denny spent more than four decades dedicating his career to improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. His initial involvement was after honorable service in the U.S. Army, where he worked for the Decatur Park District and a program that involved a track and field program for people with intellectual disabilities. He then spent nine years as the CEO of Special Olympics Illinois, before spending 26 years as the President and CEO of Special Olympics Wisconsin. He found great enjoyment in getting to know and develop deep friendships with the athletes he served.

Denny was pivotal in creating the Law Enforcement Torch Run with Chief Richard LaMunyon. Their collaboration and mutual respect helped grow a small fundraising initiative into the largest public awareness and fundraising vehicle for Special Olympics.

He is survived by his wife Beth; sister Janie; children Travis, Alyson (Tyrone), Josh (Lauren), Dan, and Tom; grandchildren Katie, Jonah, Maggie, Ava, Delaney, and Cora.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Special Olympics.

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