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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.