Dan C. Watson – Featured Alumni of January 2014

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Dan C. Watson (1922-) was born and raised in St. George, Utah, and is a 1941 graduate of Dixie College. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University. His claim to fame was winning the BYU song-writing contest with his song, “Waiting For You.” He pursued graduate studies at the University of Utah and Northwestern University.

He served in the United States Army from 1943-46, much of that time as secretary to Major General Douglass T. Green, and as a military court reporter. Dan has composed 130 songs, many related to Dixie State College and his love for the school. He has been published in A View from the Edge, Talents – Poets and Songwriters of Tomorrow and Utah Sings.

Dan served as the administrative assistant to five Dixie College presidents and was the DSC commencement chairman for 29 years. He has served as executive secretary for each of the following: the Dixie State College Board of Trustees, the Dixie State College Alumni Association, the Dixie Center Control Board, Leadership Dixie and the Dixie Regional Medical Center Foundation.

He has been honored by each of the following: the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce “Special Citizen Award,” BYU “Community Service Award,” and the DSC “Distinguished Alumnus Award.” Dan has served as master of ceremonies or guest speaker for DSC alumni banquets, Rebel Awards, Founders Day assemblies, “D” Week, Homecoming and various State of Utah functions. He has served as the DSC alumni president and on the Diamond Jubilee Extravaganza.

Dan is an icon of the “Dixie Spirit.” His service and dedication to Dixie are heartfelt and generous and have spanned over 40 years.
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