Everett Anson WillardJuly 10,2014
Everett Anson Willard
Everett Anson Willard, 94, of Orleans, died July 7, 2014, at North Country Hospital in Newport. He was born Nov. 2, 1919 in Derby to W.A. Willard and Lillian (Swanson) Willard. He graduated from Derby Academy in 1937. He then partnered with his father and brother Ernest in Derby in their Green Mountain potato, dairy and maple enterprises.
On Sept. 4, 1949 he married Dorothy Domina, of Orleans, who survives him. In 1953, they purchased a 300-acre dairy farm in the township of Derby, where Everett served for many years as a selectman. Additionally, he was a director of the Co-operative Insurance Companies in Middlebury from 1963-2006.
Everett was a member of the agricultural fraternity, the Grange, for nearly 80 years. He served as Master of the Vermont State Grange from 1962-1966. He and Dorothy co-directed the 7th Degree of the National Grange for nine years. At the time of his death, he was an officer of Navy Grange and Kingdom Pomona Grange.
Everett and his family moved to Montpelier in 1968 where he was employed for 25 years by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture in several positions, including director of markets. He managed the Vermont Farm Show in Barre and the Vermont building at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. He was a Vermont Trustee Emeritus of “The Big E” at the time of his death. Throughout his career, a main focus was maintaining the Vermont name as a symbol of excellence; for this dedication, he was commonly referred to as “Mr. Maple.”
Recognitions accorded Everett include: “Friend of Agriculture” from the New England Association of Agricultural Extension Agents (1985); the George D. Aiken Agriculturalist of the Year (1986); the Vermont Farm Bureau Wallace Award, jointly with Dorothy (1993); induction into the American Maple Museum Hall of Fame in Crogan, New York (1996), and being honored as one of the eight inaugural members of the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame (2003).
Everett embraced community service and public speaking. Throughout his life, he served his churches as a council member, auditor, lay speaker and as the locally renowned master chef at the annual Sugar on Snow Party.
Everett was known for his beautiful gardens, which brought pleasure to passersby. He was sociable, enjoying visits with friends and dancing. He was also known for his vast repertoire of stories about local events and people, and his continued interest in the ever-changing dairy and maple industries.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and four children: Dr. Alan Lothrop Willard, of Kensington, Maryland; Larry Dean Willard and his wife, Terri, of White House, Tennessee; Ann Willard Sullivan and her husband, Philip, of London, England; Dr. Sally Willard Burbank and her husband, Nathan, of Nashville, Tennessee, and six grandchildren: Derek Kevin Willard, Seth Everett Willard, Matthew Willard Sullivan, Erik Weireter Sullivan, Steven Nathan Burbank and Eliza Lillian Burbank. Everett has one surviving sister, Carolyn Willard MacLeay, of Sylmar, California. Everett was predeceased by his siblings: May Willard, Charles Willard, Eleanor Durfee, Ernest Willard and Frances Thompson.
Friends may call on Friday, July 11, 2014, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Orleans Federated Church on School Street in Orleans, followed by funeral services at 2:30 p.m. Rev. Harvey Bartlett will officiate. Interment follows at the Derby Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Jones Memorial Library, P.O. Box 3, Orleans, VT 05860. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.
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