Dan graduated from Verona (N.J.) High School, where he was president of the student council and captain of the football and basketball teams. At Princeton he majored in politics and was a member of the Pre-Law Society, Tiger Inn, Whig Clio, Theatre Intime, and Orange Key. Upon graduation, Dan served three years in the Navy as a line officer aboard the USS Oglethorpe.
Dan began his business career with IBM and later was with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell. Ever the entrepreneur (he had run the student beer-mug agency while at Princeton), in 1979 Dan started his own company, Denton Associates, where he developed EDP and loan-servicing software for the banking industry, selling the business to JPMorgan Chase in 2000.
Throughout his life Dan was a passionate fisherman and boater, prompting a move to Little Silver, N.J., where he spent many a day in the backwaters and the Atlantic Ocean, searching out striped bass and bluefish, and serving as a Little Silver councilman. Above all, his family was the major focus of his life.
Dan is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Connie; three children, Wendy Heleen, Dan, and Stacey Jones; and two grandchildren, Kendra and Trey. We have sent condolences.