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Like a good neighbor, Westcott was there

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    The Vindicator | Kim Marlow

Area residents have come to know and trust Calvin Westcott with their insurance needs over the years, and for the lifelong Dayton man, it has been an honor and privilege to serve his community. Wescott wrapped up his 40 and a half years of service to his State Farm customers this week as he retired to have the opportunity to spend more time with his family and perhaps get some fishing in with his sister LaNell Thornton.

“I think I’m going to go down there with my sister and just fish with a rod and reel off the bank in Simmons Bottom,” said Wetscott.

With the packing of his office well underway and contractors hard at work remodeling for a new State Farm Agent, Westcott was still serving his customers right up to the last minute.

Wescott spoke about what he enjoyed most about his job all of these years.

“I get to help people. This job is about sales and service, and most of it is service,” said Westcott.

Before starting his insurance business in 1980, Wescott himself, a 1962 graduate of Dayton, obtained his bachelor’s at Lamar University and his Masters at Sam Houston State University in math. After coming home, Westcott served the Dayton community as a math teacher. He taught in Dayton ISD for 12 years, both at the junior high and high school levels.

It was during that time that he met the love of his life, Lisa Anne. The couple worked in neighboring classrooms at Woodrow Wilson Junior High, and by the summer, the pair was married and have been together for nearly 47 years.

“My first year teaching, he taught next door to me, and that’s how we met,” said Lisa Anne.

The couple has three children Amie, Laura, and Alex. They lost Amy several years ago, but she and her husband David Peters had one child named Zachary. He and his wife Nancy are the proud parents of the Westcott’s great-grandchildren Teagan and Lorelai.

“I have one grandchild and two great-grandchildren, and I plan on visiting them a bunch,” said Wescott.

Westcott named his children Laura and Alex and their achievements in school as something he is most proud of; both were named Valedictorian at Dayton High School and were named National Merit Scholars just a couple of years apart.

Now that Westcott is planning on enjoying retirement and some time with his beloved family, he still plans on making a stop off for coffee at the old office, where he is sure to be caught chatting about all sorts of things, including his Dayton Broncos. A 2021 Dayton Sports Hall of Fame Inductee himself for his talents as a fullback for the old purple and white, Westcott will be handing the proverbial football off to another outstanding former Bronco, in Juan Carranco, from the famed family of placekickers at Dayton.

“Juan is fantastic. He is going to do a great job,” said Wescott.

Carranco officially took over the office Wednesday, Dec. 1, and is ready to serve all of the loyal State Farm customers in the area. He brings with him 20 years in customer service and has been a part of the Dayton community since 1999.

“First of all, I would like to thank Mr. Calvin Westcott for his 40 years of service to the Dayton community. It is a privilege for me to continue his legacy and what he has done for this vicinity. We want to continue to accommodate the great service and continue to be active members in the community,” said Carranco.

You can reach State Farm Agent Juan Carranco at 201 E. Clayton, Dayton, TX, or by calling 936-258-8218.

Westcott had one last parting message for the community he has so proudly served.

“Happy trails, and thank you for everything.