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Charles M. Daggett
By Rick Seydel

Charles M. Daggett was born October 24, 1938 in Sebeka, Minnesota. Chuck attended school in Detroit Lakes and graduated from Minneapolis North. After graduation he enlisted in the Marines. He earned his undergraduate degree from Augsburg College and his graduate degree from Mankato State University. Chuck was a wrestler in high school, in the Marines, in college and coached at Watertown, Minnesota. He was a teacher at Minneapolis schools, Minneapolis Technical College, and finished his career as the IT Director at Crown College.

Chuck started the Daggett’s Dexters herd in 1997. He became active in the American Dexter Cattle Association shortly after attending his first National Show and Sale in 2000 and then served as a Director for Region 13 in 2003. In 2004, there was a split in the Association at the Annual General Meeting in Pennsylvania.

That evening after the sudden split occurred, the Directors that remained with the ADCA called an emergency meeting. Chuck was in attendance and when the concern was addressed that the former Registrar went to the other association, Chuck stood up and said he’s be glad to give it a try since he had a vast knowledge of computers with his IT teaching background. From that point on, the ADCA was in very trusting and caring hands. Chuck started out without any past records or pedigrees from the old registry. He finally found a backup copy of the registry the ADCA had stored at the Brown Swiss Association. Unfortunately, it hadn’t been updated for quite some time so he began the huge task to update the registry. He took great pride in his goal to make this the most current, up to date registry that the American Dexter Cattle Association ever had.

Everyone always joked about how this was Chuck’s little baby and how protective he was of it. Chuck worked as Registrar/Webmaster seven days a week, 365 days a year – often times with his wife, Jan by his side. Many days he would spend 5-6 hours a day or more working on registrations and transfers of animals along with answering e-mails and phone calls.

Chuck was the “go to” person representing the ADCA. He was always more than happy to answer questions from individuals that wanted to know more about this breed and why they should start raising Dexter Cattle. Any member that called with questions on how to register or transfer animals could always rely on Chuck to help them through the process.

Chuck was a friend to everyone, whether he knew you in person or visited with you on the phone, his friendly calm voice always set you at ease. Whenever he’d meet someone at the National Show and Sale, he’s always smile and say it was nice to put a face to a name. When you finished your conversation with Chuck, he would make you feel like you had known him a long time and that you were friends for life.

If it wouldn’t have been for Charles M. Daggett, the ADCA would not have survived. He was the glue of the association. On behalf of myself and every member in the ADCA, thank you Chuck. You were a special person that made a huge difference by touching the lives of thousands of people throughout your lifetime.

Not only the people of the American Dexter Cattle Association but also the lives of so many individuals by showing them how to treat people with respect and honor.

We will meet again someday Chuck and until then, rest in peace and God be with you.

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