Jason Christopher Denny (“JD”) was 36 years old and lived in Canton, Ga. Jason died Sept. 3 in Canton from injuries suffered in a car accident.
Jason was born on Nov. 22, 1974 in Youngstown. His parents are Michael and Barbara Denny. Jason graduated from Poland Seminary High School in Poland, where he was a regional Golden Gloves Boxing champion in 1993. Jason enlisted in the U.S. Army on Aug. 8, 1993, and upon completion of basic training and Airborne School, he was stationed at Ft. Bragg, N.C., with the 82nd Airborne Division. He graduated from the U.S. Army Ranger School, the Army’s premier leadership course, and the Ranger Indoctrination Program for the 75th Ranger Regiment at Ft. Benning, Ga. Jason was then assigned to the 1st Ranger Battalion at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga., where he served honorably. His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge (Airborne Wings), German Armed Forces Parachutist Badge, Army commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, and Expert Infantry Badge. Jason held the position of Rifleman, Grenadier, Machine Gunner and Fire Team Leader, earning the rank of Sergeant. He served until July 26, 1998.
Jason was an avid sports fan and loved to entertain and hang out with his close friends and family, which made him most comfortable. Jason enjoyed exercising and being outdoors. He was very patriotic, and on March 6, 2001, along with two other Rangers, walked 750 miles from Ranger Headquarters at Ft. Benning, Ga., to Washington, D.C. in support of the Ranger Regiment keeping its black beret in a time when the entire Army was to be issued the black beret.
Jason possessed a desire and skill for leading others that allowed him to rise to the top of multiple companies, lastly holding the position of vice president of sales. His ability to create teams and provide them with the purpose, direction and motivation to achieve results was respected and in demand throughout his career. Jason’s most dominant strength was his loyalty to his family and friends. His charity and selfless service to those he cared for made him a close friend to many.
Jason Christopher Denny is survived by his parents, Michael and Barbara Denny, and his older brother, Michael Denny, whom he admired and looked up to. Jason left behind his girlfriend, Nichole, and their two beloved pit bulls.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Jason’s memory to www.1-75thsuasponte.org or the Special Operations Wounded Warrior.
The family wishes to thank all of Jason’s friends for their support during these hard times.
RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!