Representative William F. Denman View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 10/2/2001
Birth Place: Des Moines, Iowa
Birth County: Polk
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 61 (1965) - 63 (1969)
House: 56 (1955)
59 (1961) - 60 (1963)
Home County: Polk
William F. Denman
Polk County


William F. Denman was born July 3, 1925, in Des Moines, Iowa. He passed away on October 2, 2001, at the age of seventy-six. He is survived by his wife, Lu; a son, Bill Jr. of Arlington Heights; three daughters, Beverly Denman and Elizabeth Denman, both of Des Moines, and Teri Eagan of Aurora, Colorado; a brother, Donald of Des Moines; a sister, Rosalyn Barnson of Colorado Springs, Colorado; a half-sister, Pam Levy of Jerusalem; and five grandchildren.

Denman had lived in Des Moines all his life. He graduated from North High School and attended the University of Missouri. He received his law degree from Drake Law School. Denman continued working as a lawyer right up until the day he died. He was a dedicated lawyer who enjoyed helping people.

Denman was a devout Christian. He was a member of First Assembly of God Church and hosted a born-again Christian radio show. He was also a member of the Iowa Bar Association, the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, the Polk County Bar Association, the American Legion, and Toastmasters International. Denman enjoyed traveling and music.

William Denman was a Polk County democrat. He served in the House during the 56th, 59th, 60th, and 60th Extra General Assemblies and ran unsuccessfully for the 5th District congressional seat in 1956. He served in the Senate from 1965 to 1968 during the 61st and 62nd General Assemblies. Denman served as the reapportionment chairman of the 61st and 62nd General Assemblies. The Statehouse Press Corp gave Denman the award of “Outstanding Senator” of the 62nd General Assembly.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE SEVENTY-NINTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF IOWA: That in the passing of the Honorable William F. Denman, the State has lost an honored citizen and faithful and useful public servant, and that the Senate by this resolution expresses its appreciation of his service to the State and tenders its sympathy and kindest regards to the members of his family.

BE IT FUTHER RESOLVED: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the Senate and that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.





Text above from 79 GA (2002) Senate Journal Memorial Resolution
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