Dennis Campion, the beloved Janesville, Wisconsin man and passionate basketball coach, passed away on Wednesday night, January 25th, 2023. Dennis was known for his incredible ability to instill values such as teamwork and perseverance in all those who he taught. Keep reading more to learn about this article.
Who was Dennis Campion?
Born in 1950 in Janesville, Wisconsin to George and Millie Campion, Dennis was passionate about basketball from a young age. He led Janesville High School’s team to an undefeated season in 1968 before being drafted by the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks later that year. After three seasons playing professional basketball, Dennis returned home to pursue his passion for teaching and coaching the game he loved.
For over 30 years, Dennis coached both boys’ and girls’ teams at Janesville Middle School and Milton High School—teaching them teamwork and instilling a love of the game that would stay with them throughout their lives. He also served as head coach for the 1995-96 girls’ team at Milton High School, which made it all the way to the state championship that year—a testament to his skill as a coach!
How did Dennis Campion die? What was the cause of his death?
Dennis Campion, a Janesville, Wisconsin resident and beloved father, was declared dead from a heart attack on Wednesday night, January 25th, 2023. The exact cause of the heart attack is yet to be revealed. This news was shared by close family friends who noted Campion’s dedication to peace and his unwavering commitment as an exemplary father. It seems that despite his premature passing, he will remain in our hearts as an individual who left behind an indelible mark in society.
Dennis was also an avid lover of baseball who spent many summer days watching or playing games with friends and family. In addition to his love of sports, he had a passion for reading books on history and philosophy which he shared with his children throughout their lives. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Dennis Campion Obituary
It is clear that Dennis Campion left behind a legacy of love, friendship and sportsmanship. He was an amazing father figure who taught many young people how to play basketball “the right way” while instilling in them values such as teamwork and perseverance through adversity. We are forever grateful for all that he did during his life – he will be remembered fondly by everyone whose life he touched . We hope you can join us in honoring this wonderful man’s memory by donating to your local youth sports program in his name! Rest in peace Mr. Campion!
Tributes Pour To Dennis Campion Death
Dawn Krause Radke
I just want to scream and I know I am not alone! My heart just breaks for Lisa, Jack, Abbie, Kylie, Halie, sweet Gma Helen and the entire Campion family. I still can’t believe it’s real. Dennis Campion- MR. MILTON was one of the most amazing, selfless humans who gave back and supported this community with everything he had. Dennis had an innate ability to make everyone around him feel good. So complementary, positive and humble. He made each of us better! What a huge impact he made in his short time on this earth. I am grateful to have known Dennis. I will forever be better because I knew him. 💔
RIP Dennis Campion
(This is Dennis’ HS Homecoming Crown that JJ got to wear this year. And that’s all I have to say. He was a king: a real supporter not just of his own athletes, but the community as well.)
Camp’s Champs won the 4th grade basketball tournament with Edgerton and Janesville Schools on March 10. 1984. R.I.P. Dennis Campion
We are lucky to have known a man who left a legacy for treating everyone like they are the most important person in the room, modeled kindness, embraced hard work, and loved so big. Our community lost one of the best! Let’s all be more like Camp in the way we treat others! ❤️
Lisa and family, sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.