Welbons are parade marshals for DSU homecoming
Clair and Joyce Welbon have been chosen as grand marshals of Dakota State University's Trojan Days Parade.
The Welbons will lead the parade that begins at the south end of Egan Avenue at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 24. The parade is part of the annual Trojan Days Homecoming festivities.
DSU President Doug Knowlton commended the Welbons for their service to the community. "Joyce and Claire are such wonderful examples of people who see community service and service to others as a part of their lives. This is our opportunity as Dakota State University and the city of Madison to say thank you and to honor their commitment."
Joyce Eastman Welbon of Canton, SD graduated from General Beadle in 1962. She taught in Brookings Middle School, Highmore High School, Flandreau Indian School and Madison High School before retiring in 1998. Joyce is a member of the United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school, was a sponsor to confirmation students and taught in the After School Program. She serves as president of the United Methodist Women, is a member of Faith Circle, sang in the chancel choir, and was a member of the missionary singing group Six Singers Plus. Joyce was a member of Church Women United serving as program chairperson. She is also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, serving as first Vice President for membership. Joyce is an officer of PEO Chapter O and Entre Nous, a member of Retired Teachers and served in the Boy Scouts of America as Committee Chairperson for both Packs and Troops in Madison as well as the Units in Chester, Flandreau and Howard. She also volunteered on the Kinship board for many years. Joyce has been a member of the Dakota State University Alumni Board since 1985 and served as President in 1989-1991. She received the Outstanding Alumni recognition in 1992.
Clair Welbon retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service (NRCS) after 33 years. He is also a retired Army officer after 3 years of active service and 20 years with the SD National Guard. He is treasure of Rotary and representative for the DSU Rotary Scholarship. He has served on several boards and committees in the United Methodist Church and sang in the choir. Clair has served on the Food Pantry Board for many years as the representative of the UMC. He assisted with the committee of Boy Scout Troop 255 when his two sons were members and has helped with the DSU Gala and other scholarship events at the University. Clair faithfully attends many DSU events with wife, Joyce, even though he is a graduate of SDSU.
In their retirement, they have enjoyed traveling to several foreign countries and all 50 states.
They are the parents of four children; Conrad (deceased), Christa (Larry Guse) of Rochester, MN, Craig (Stacey Warner-Welbon) of Wentworth, SD and Collin (Jessica Parteno) of San Francisco, CA. They have three grandchildren: Chandra, Chelsea, and Corey.