Dennis Mailliard

Dennis Mailliard

April 9, 1942 – December 14, 2018

Dennis Mailliard, age 76, of Omaha, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. He was a graduate of Creighton University and spent his career working as an advertising creative director.  While he owned his own agency for over 30 years, his real passion was coaching. He was the Athletic Director at St. Margaret Mary Grade School and volunteered as the baseball, football, and basketball coach for 47 years—making a positive influence on countless young students and athletes.  An avid music lover and traveler, he visited every state in the United States and more than 40 countries.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marilyn Mailliard; his children: Donald Mailliard (Linda), Dawn Drazdys (Don), and Daniel Mailliard; grandchildren: Andrew, Madeline, Hannah, and Erik.

VISITATION: Wednesday, Dec. 19th from 5pm to 7pm at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 6116 Dodge St., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, Dec. 20th, 10:30am, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church.  Entombment, Resurrection Mausoleum.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Margaret Mary Athletics.



  • Matt Timmerman Posted December 15, 2018 11:43 pm

    I am so sorry for your Loss. He was a wonderful man and great coach. I am very lucky to have known him and have greatly valued the lessons he taught me while growing up. I owe him a great debt which I will never be able to repay. The SMM & Omaha community are extremely lucky to have had him molding the young men whose lives he has touched over a generation.

  • Tammy Drazdys Posted December 16, 2018 5:28 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all of you. Many prayers. He was a wonderful man. Tammy

  • Gale Poole Posted December 16, 2018 6:01 pm

    To Marilyn and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dennis spent his life giving to others. As you say good-bye,take comfort in knowing that the world is better because Dennis was here. God bless the Mailliard Family.

  • Dentlinger Family Posted December 17, 2018 8:30 am

    Coach Mailliard was such a positive influence for me and my family and a role model to look up to. I can still remember specific times where he taught me lessons about being a man. I would not be who I am today without his influence. He deserves a statue at Saint Margaret Mary for all the lives he’s touched!

  • Herb Welling Posted December 17, 2018 10:39 am

    Denny was a Great person and I enjoyed Coaching against for many years. He was Great for the game of Basketball. He truly loved the kids he coached. He was a Tremendous Ambassador for SMM and the Omaha Community! Much love and respect from me. Rest in Peace!!!

  • Mort Mortensen Posted December 17, 2018 4:38 pm

    Dennis was a stalwart in the advertising community. It was my pleasure to know and work with him as a partner for a number of years. I learned a great deal from him. Of even greater importance was the unstinting loyalty and guidance he gave to the young athletes he coached. I watched his teams perform, and I saw how Coach Mailliard gave of himself, his time, and his energy. SMM will miss Coach M, as will many of us who had the privilege of knowing him. Rest In Peace, Dennis.

  • Mark Madigan Posted December 17, 2018 5:28 pm

    Mr. Mailliard was one of a kind. I have so many great memories of him–basketball and football–lots of car rides home after practice (what coach does THAT?), 4th of July in the pool, getting “deals” from Stereo West…he as truly a Man for Others who gave so much of himself to kids at SMM. He will be missed, but never forgotten….

  • Marty Carmody & Family Posted December 17, 2018 5:47 pm

    Dennis and all the Mailliard’s are in our thoughts and prayers. God gave us a Blessing in Dennis and Marilyn.

  • Kathleen A Broniecki Posted December 17, 2018 6:40 pm

    Dennis was a mentor and a friend. My heart goes out to Marilyn and the family. He will certainly be missed and had such an impact on all those that met him. Rest in Peace, my friend.

  • Tom & Eileen Apke Posted December 18, 2018 7:40 am

    Dennis was my teammate in slow pitch softball and a good friend. We had many great times together. To Marilyn and family, you have our heart felt prayers during this difficult time.

  • Richard and Misty Beacham Posted December 18, 2018 10:48 am

    So sorry for your loss. It was an honor to have met him. The Mailliard family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Paul Rankin Posted December 18, 2018 1:45 pm

    I learned so much working for Dennis. He was a great boss, and even a better man. Your family is in our prayers.

  • John Green Posted December 18, 2018 4:13 pm

    I was saddened to hear that Dennis passed on. I am praying for you through out this difficult time. I have many fond memories of growing up with you all of you. Dennis was a true leader, and I have so much admiration for his accomplishments. I really enjoyed his humor and his coaching style. He will be missed.

  • JD Welsh Posted December 18, 2018 8:31 pm

    My sincerest condolences, Denny had a profound impact on my life as well as many other young men. We learned not just how to play the game right but we got front row seat in learning work ethic, punctuality, and when you lose you conduct yourself accordingly. He mad you understand they name on the front of the jersey was what mattered. He had the ability to take average athletes to play above their potential, buy into to his way and his way was the right way. When I started coaching youth athletics I couldn’t be him, but I strived to do things like he did. Thank You, Coach! You were and are a Legend! Regards, JD Welsh

  • Randy Eccker Posted December 21, 2018 3:08 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Dennis was a great man and lover of sports, competition, coaching and using his platform and position to help others in several ways. I was one of the many who was able to participate in and be impacted by his life. He is missed and I am disappointed i was traveling this week and was not able to be there for his services. All the best, Randy

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