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Tony Dean Memorial

On October 19, 2008, conservation lost one of its foremost leaders with the death of Tony Dean, at the age of 67. He leaves a legacy as an outspoken communicator, a champion for fish and wildlife resources, an accomplished sportsman, and a warm and caring family man.

Tony Dean fishingTony was born with a million dollar voice and a love of the outdoors. He melded the two into a career that took him to countless fields and lakes and prairie potholes. Along the way, he became committed to preserving those areas, so that future generations would have access to the great hunting and fishing opportunities he enjoyed.

For over two decades, Tony reached more than 200,000 people each week with his award-winning Tony Dean Outdoors TV Show and Dakota Backroads Radio. He wrote many articles for regional magazines and newspapers. He educated his audience about threats to the environment and wildlife, as he wove stories about the outdoors into his shows and articles.

Tony was also active on the political front, lending his voice to environmental issues, efforts related to protecting wetlands, soil and water conservation, and climate change. Tony served on many boards which shared his goals. He testified on environmental issues in Washington, DC. He most recently attended programs on how climate change will impact our land and wildlife, and planned to help teach others the importance of this issue.

Tony Dean left a giant footprint, and spoke for many of us.

Tony Dean with TurkeyTONY DEAN'S ACRES

As a fitting tribute to Tony and as a lasting legacy, his family and friends have established a memorial to continue his life's work by providing acres that will:

Funds are now being raised to purchase land in South Dakota and to provide for outdoor education in partnership with conservation organizations, State and Federal Agencies. Every $1,000 donated will buy an acre of wildlife habitat and support conservation education programs.

To be known as TONY DEAN'S ACRES, the land will be managed for wildlife in perpetuity under the direction of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks, and will be open to public use for outdoor recreation. Funds for environmental education programming will focus on land stewardship, wildlife and fisheries resource management.

MEMORIAL FUND Tony's family has partnered with the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation ( to accept donations for Tony Dean's Acres Memorial. Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible.

To make a contribution to Tony Dean's Acres, complete this form, and mail it to the Foundation with your check, or contribute online. You will receive a "Thank You," and a tax deductible donation receipt.

With your help, we can make this happen. Please add your name to the list of contributors to this project, and make sure the golden voice of conservation continues to be heard in South Dakota.

For more information on Tony Dean and fundraising events, visit the Tony Dean Outdoors website or view this brochure.