Weldon Springs Recreation Area is a 550-acre all season park known for its great amenities and rich history. Grand visitors including former President William Howard Taft, House Speaker Champ Clark, Vice Presidents James S. Sherman and Adlai Stevenson I, William Jennings Bryan and even Helen Keller, to name a few, have been onsite.
First National Bank and Trust Company has been a supporter of Weldon Springs Foundation, which helps the well-being and growth of the park. This year’s honorary donation - much like the park’s grand visitors of years ago - had an extra special touch.
First National Bank and Trust Company made a $1,000 donation to the foundation in honor of the late Dave and Jan Herzog, long-time community members of Clinton.
Dave Herzog was the site superintendent at Weldon Springs State Park for 35 years and was instrumental in the vision and construction of Veterans Point, Weldon Springs State Park.
Outside of his park duties, he was a member of the Clinton Rotary Club, Elks Lodge, Weldon Springs Foundation and DeWitt County Restoration Association and past board director of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce. Restoring the history and taking pride in his community were of upmost importance. Dave Herzog also served as grand marshal at the Clinton Christmas parade in 2001, an honor bestowed by fellow community members.
“Dave Herzog’s numerous, meaningful contributions to our community will not be forgotten. He and Jan were true friends to us all,” said Clinton Chamber of Commerce Director Marian Brisard.
Herzog enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and mushroom hunting, and even ran and completed the Pikes Peak Marathon. Spending time with family was the most treasured time, his family said. He and Jan Herzog were married for 40 years.
Jan Herzog spent many years as a special education and elementary school teacher in the Clinton Community School District. Jan enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, biking and traveling with friends. Her number one hobby was her grandchildren.
Jan Herzog volunteered at the Neighborhood Care Center and the local food pantry, and both Herzogs were involved members at First Christian Church. They had a true passion for helping others in need.
“Many remember the mark both Dave and Jan made on the community. The ways they gave of themselves was truly remarkable. We are so thankful for their impact and ongoing legacy,” said First National Bank President Josh Shofner.
For more information about Weldon Springs Foundation call 217-935-2644. For more information on First National Bank and Trust Company, call 217-935-2148.
Photo: The check is held by the grandchildren of Dave and Jan Herzog, including Dawson Graves, McCoy Moody, Tatiana Graves, Emerson Moody, Keaton Graves. Not pictured are grandchildren who live in Connecticut, include Ryland, Kenley, and Kade Herzog.
About First National Bank and Trust Co: First National Bank & Trust Company is a community bank located in Clinton, Illinois. Dedicated to community prosperity, the bank was chartered in 1872 under the name DeWitt County National Bank. The name was changed First National Bank and Trust Company in 1974, and was acquired by TS Banking Group in 2017. With $170 million in assets, First National Bank is dedicated to community reinvestment and gives 10% of its net income back to the community. For more information visit firstnbtc.com.