Dennis John Maloata, better known as “Denny” to his family and friends, passed away at age 67 on December 27, 2023. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii to parents Faaulu and Inosia Maloata, Denny was raised on Oahu with his four siblings.
He was a proud alumnus of Damien Memorial High School, and as a young man eager to serve his country and fulfill his dream of becoming a soldier. Denny enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after graduation at the age of 17.
Denny was a combat veteran who served for over 20 years in numerous military campaigns as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne before retiring as a Master Sergeant. Upon retiring from the military, Denny worked in law enforcement for various agencies and task forces, which led to his eventual retirement from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department. In his free time, Denny enjoyed watching movies and he was an avid reader. He also lived to ride his Harley and after acquiring his pilot’s license, he enjoyed flying his Cessna. He was hard charging, honest, disciplined, and he had a no-nonsense approach to life for which he will always be remembered.
A better son, brother, uncle, or friend you will not find. Denny’s loyalty and love for his family and closest friends was unparalleled. He was preceded in death by his parents, and by his three brothers, Neal Maloata, Raymond Maloata and Robert Maloata. He is survived by his sister, Lottie Martin, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be planned for a later date in Hawaii.
In lieu of flowers, memorials made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Chaplains Fund, 8045 Howard Street, Spartanburg, SC 29303.
Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel