Dann Thomas Willett

Madison Scottish Country Dancers
John Muir (Wisconsin) Branch of the Royald Scottish Country Dance Society


Dann Willett photo
Dann Willett, 1923 - 2008

Dann Thomas Willett was born Sept. 20, 1923, at Rice Lake, Wisconsin, son of Rev. A.D. and Hazel Nicol Willett. His childhood years were spent in Black River Falls, Mineral Point, Eau Claire, graduating from high school at Chippewa Falls. He served in Civilian Conservation Corp. in 1941 and 1942. He attended Hamlin University in St. Paul until this was interrupted by the U.S. Army in December, 1942. While enlisted he attended Pasadena Junior College, California and Indiana University at Bloomington, Ind. and he served in the European theater as part of the 20th Armored Division.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in January, 1950 with a B.B.A. in Business and on July 9, 1950, married Jean Hibbard. He worked for International Harvester briefly and then went into real estate sales for more than 40 years and operated his own company, Madison Realty Service. His life was greatly influenced: by Scouting, volunteering for adult leadership in Cubs and Boy Scouts for 16 years; by Masonry, he was a 33rd degree Mason; by music, singing in church choirs for 70 years; community choirs including army choirs; by the environment participating in many outdoor sports and activities; by Scottish dancing which he did world over.

He enjoyed all people and worked constantly in making people happier. The most important thing in his life was the love of his family and his life was planned around their needs and companionship. He is survived by his wife, Jean (Hibbard) Willett; sons, Andrew (Kate) Willett, Jason (Sara Watson) Willett, and Michael (Sue) Willett; daughter-in-law, Bobbie (Davenport) Willett; grandchildren, Alessandra, Aaron, Martha, Allison, Trevor, Elara, Lucas and Michelle; two step-grandchildren, John (Jill) Davenport and Erin Davenport; three brothers, Don, Bill (Louise) and Bruce (Phyllis); sisters-in-law, Adelaide Willett and Lois Hibbard; brothers-in-law, Charles Hibbard; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Hazel (Nicol) Willett; brothers, Arthur and George Willett; a son, Timothy D. Willett; and grandson, Anthony Willett.

A memorial service will be held at TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH on Sunday, June 8, 2008, at 4 p.m. A gathering of family and friends will follow the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Trinity United Methodist for the Capital Improvement Fund or the Dann/Jean Fund at the Madison Community Foundation for the improvement of water quality. Please send memorials in care of Cress Funeral Home.

Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434


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