Dennis Walaker


Age: 73

Summary: mayor of Fargo, North Dakota known as the "flood mayor" for leading the state's largest city through several successful fights against the Red River who was first elected in 2006 and became a folk hero during the record-setting 2009 flood when he stood up to public officials who wanted to evacuate the city, which survived the high water thanks to a massive sandbagging effort, and who was newly re-elected to a third term earlier this year.

Cause of Death: Adverse reaction to chemotherapy treatment he was receiving for kidney cancer

Born: January 10, 1941

Died: December 2, 2014

Fargo, North Dakota