Larry Dodge died on July 17, 2012, at the age of 69. He was one of the founders of the Libertarian Party of Montana, and was its first nominee for statewide office in Montana. In 1982 he ran for U.S. Senator, and was the first U.S. Senate candidate to appear on a general election ballot in Montana for that office (other than Democratic and Republican nominees) since 1952. His campaign garnered considerable publicity because he visited every county in Montana, by canoe. He polled 3.87%, enough to keep the Libertarian Party on the ballot for the next election. He also ran for Governor as a Libertarian in 1984, polling 3.25%.
He was the co-founder of the Fully Informed Jury Association, and he was the campaign manager for Native American activist Russell Means when Means sought the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party in 1988. Means was defeated for that nomination by Ron Paul. Dodge had a doctorate in Sociology and was known for his kindness and ability to get along with virtually anyone. Thanks to his widow, Honey Lanham Dodge, for this news.