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Posthumous honor awarded to a distinguished outdoor enthusiast

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MCLEAN COUNTY (25 NEWS) – The Illinois Lake Management Association is awarding a posthumous statewide honor to a Twin-Cities resident who loved the outdoors.

The organization pays tribute to Jerry Martoglio Thursday during its conference in Champaign.

Bloomington Lake was one of Jerry Martoglio’s favorite spots and he was an exceptional fisherman, according to his obituary. He died aged 81 of a COVID-related illness in December 2020.

Martoglio worked for eight years with the City of Bloomington in the Water Division of the Department of Public Works.

“Besides his family, his passion for wildlife conservation, the outdoors, and creating sustainable lakes, rivers and streams shone brightest,” said Joe Darter of the Public Works Department.

“Jerry was never satisfied with just coming up with a good idea, he worked tirelessly to bring the idea to fruition, with many of these ideas directly benefiting our two reservoirs and their vast watersheds,” Darter said. in a prepared statement.

“His dedication and zeal are sorely missed by all who knew him,” Darter also said.

Among many other community activities, Martoglio was elected to the Unit 5 school board and for a time served as chairman of the board.

The Illinois Lake Management Association names Martoglio a recipient of the Frank Loftus Award, recognizing community members who are dedicated to solving local lake issues.

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