August 16, 1942 ~ November 11, 2021
A lifetime love for San Juan County that holds his ancestral roots, Winn Westcott was born to pioneer stock on August 16, 1942 to his mother, Angeline Duckett Westcott “Gerd,” and to his father, Wayne Westcott, whom he never met.
Growing up with many cousins and neighborhood children, Winn was a product of Monticello schools and was involved in wrestling and football during his high school days.
His work ethic developed early as he went to work at the age of 12 to help support himself and his mother. While growing up, he developed an appreciation of what work could provide.
He told us often that his mother would say poverty was inconvenient, which affected Winn’s choice later in life to get an education.
Winn was athletic and wanted to play football but could not afford the cleats needed. However, one of his coaches, Dale Maughan, bought him his first pair, and it was a partnership that lasted the remainder of his high school days.
There always seemed to be a good adult example who stepped in for Winn throughout his growing up years, and he was grateful.
He graduated from Monticello High School in 1960, after which he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Central States, where he met a companion and a brother of sorts, Brian Croft.
Winn married Brian’s sister, Laraine Kay Croft, in 1965, a union that brought six children: Todd, Sherie, Kristin, Bryce, Jennifer, and Allyson to the clan.
According to their grandmother Gerd, they were all “little heathens” (as though you didn’t know that), but she loved them anyway.
Winn graduated from BYU in 1968 with a BS degree in vocational education and taught in California, Idaho, and Oregon before returning to Monticello in 1976 to help his mother due to her failing health.
He worked for Hal-Ken Construction, Rio Algom Mining before becoming the director of the Zenos Black Career Center in Blanding and eventually becoming the Vocational Education Director for San Juan and Grand school districts.
That job required a master’s degree, and he returned to BYU in the summers of 1980 and 1981 to get a dual master’s in School Administration and Technology Education.
Retiring from San Juan School District in 2006, Winn took on the “love of his life” project. This project, the restoration of the Big 4 Tractor, involved hundreds of volunteer hours from many people in the area including Winn.
Many new friendships, fundraising events, parades, and tractor pulls were made during this venture.
He has served with passion on the County Economic Development Committee, Monticello City Council, various history and museum planning groups, and the Monticello Cemetery District where Winn served as President for many years.
Winn was a gifted teacher and was involved with a number of youth groups, scouting, and athletic events. Many a scout remembers his adventurous spirit.
He served in many callings in the church including bishopric, high counsel, family history, and temple worker for many years, until he was unable to carry out the duties required.
He was a real friend and minister to those in need and tried to be Christlike. He stepped out of his natural comfort zone in many of these endeavors.
Winn is survived by his wife of 56 years, Laraine, and their children, Todd (Amy Adair), Sherie (Jim Haller), Kristin (Jan Anderson), Bryce (Nycole Lyman), Jennifer Putnam, and Allyson (Spencer Singer); 21 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Saturday, November 20 with a viewing at 9:30-11 a.m. and the funeral at 11:30 a.m. at the Monticello Stake Center.
Winn will then be laid to rest next to his family in the Monticello Cemetery that he and his family loved and cared for through the years.
We will miss seeing him riding his bike down to check on the cemetery and up the mountain road to check out the view.
Winn truly loved the people from San Juan County and the surrounding area. We will all miss his humor and warm heart.