In Memory of Cory Watt, NJAB Chairman

Feb. 23, 2015


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In Memory of Cory Watt, NJAB Chairman

With heavy hearts, the Angus community remembers one of its brightest young leaders.

It is with deepest regrets that the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) and American Angus Association® announce the passing of Cory Watt of Iva, S.C., following a prolonged battle with cancer. A lifelong Angus breeder, Watt was halfway through his term as chairman of the National Junior Angus Board (NJAB). He was a faithful steward of Angus cattle and a positive role model for Angus youth nationwide.

At the time of his death on Thursday, Feb. 19, he was surrounded by friends and family who loved him dearly and found inspiration in his life. He is survived by his parents, Jody and Rebecca Watt, and his sister, Carly. A celebration of life service took place Sunday, Feb. 22 at the First Baptist Church of Iva, S.C.

Watt, 22, had graduated from Clemson University in December 2014, where he received a degree in animal and veterinarian science, and focused on agriculture business. A member of the NJAA since 2000, Watt encouraged youth and adults alike with his selfless leadership and the enduring strength reflected throughout his life.

The Angus family will miss him greatly. To continue Watt’s life passion for the Angus breed and its future generations, the family has established the Cory Watt Memorial Endowment Fund through the Angus Foundation. Follow the link to contribute online, and please indicate the Cory Watt Memorial Endowment Fund in the comments section. You can also contribute by mail to the Angus Foundation, 3201 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph, MO 64506.

While he is no longer with us, Cory Watt will remain an inspiration and his memory will be honored in the NJAA and the American Angus Association for generations to come.


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