The Legacy Of Tony Dean

Many people refer to Tony Dean who passed away about a year ago as their friend, including me, but few were as close as Paul Lepisto. And he sent this yesterday:


A live and silent auction will be held at the Ramkota in Sioux Falls on Thursday, September 24 to raise funds for the Tony Dean’s Acres project.

Following his death last fall, Tony Dean’s family and friends established a memorial fund to continue his life’s work as a devoted conservationist. These funds will be used to purchase land in South Dakota for public recreation to support wildlife habitat and to carry on Tony’s commitment to environmental education. Partnership agreements are in place with government agencies and conservation organizations to provide 4 to 1 matching funds for every dollar raised by the Tony Dean’s Acres Steering Committee. This auction is part of that fundraising effort.

Tony Dean’s family is donating some of his personal fishing and hunting gear for the auction. In addition, the auction will feature new, high-quality sporting goods, guided fishing and hunting packages, artwork, and more. Of particular note is one unique item: professionally framed artist proof prints with full color remarks and signed Federal Duck Stamps provided by South Dakota’s three Federal Waterfowl Stamp artists, John Wilson, Mark Anderson and Josh Spies. All three of these artist proofs are framed together, along with their individual signed stamps, in a horizontal format. This has never been done before. It’s a highly collectible one-of-a-kind piece of art.

The doors open on September 24 at 5:30 p.m., and the auction gets underway at 6:45 p.m. Cost is $10 for each person over the age of 16; those 16 and under will be admitted free.

The Tony Dean’s Acres Project Committee will host a pre-auction reception with a keg of beer and light hors d’oeuvres when the doors open at 5:30, and a cash bar will be available during the auction. Door prizes will be presented throughout this event including three special grand door-prize packages worth $200 each. These will be awarded at 9, 9:20 and 9:45 p.m., and you must be present to win.

The auction is chaired by Chuck Clayton of Huron. Todd Schuetzle, broker associate/auctioneer with Dakota Properties Real Estate of Pierre, is the auctioneer for the fundraiser.

Payment will be accepted by credit card, check or cash at the auction. All proceeds will go to the Tony Dean’s Memorial Fund, a restricted account with the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation. The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, and contributions are deductible to the maximum extent allowable for federal tax purposes.

To see the items on this special auction or for more information on the Tony Dean’s Acres project, visit, and click on Auction Fundraiser.