Our History

The C. Scott & Dorothy E. Watkins Charitable Foundation was established in 1992 by Scott & Dorothy Watkins as a way to continue and build upon their giving back to the community. Through the years many, many individuals and families have been helped by the organizations that have received funding through Scott & Dorothy’s planning.

Dorothy E. Kennelly Watkins (1919-1996)

Dorothy was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Edmund Barron Kennelly and Norrina Freda Christina Jensen Kennelly, the fourth of six children. She grew up in Salt Lake living next door to grandparents and had many fond memories of experiences as a child and youth. She attended South High School.

Scott & Dorothy married December 29, 1941, in Tacoma, Washington while Scott was serving in the Army Air Corp.

Dorothy devoted her life to her family. She is remembered for her wonderful cooking, her love of flower gardens, her delightful sense of humor and her wicked tennis game. She was a true partner to her husband Scott in all his business ventures and contributed greatly to their success. Dorothy was also the family historian both in taking pictures and writing detailed accounts and letters.

Dorothy taught her children and grandchildren by example. She was loving and patient and always encouraged creativity and excellence in education. One of the greatest gifts Dorothy shared with her family was the love of reading and the importance of reading not only to oneself but also to one’s children and grandchildren. Dorothy quietly gave her time in service to others.

C. Scott Watkins (1918-2008)

Scott was born in Brigham City, Utah, the youngest of ten children born to Benjamin Lorenzo and Eliza Hansen Watkins. He loved to reminisce about growing up with his loving family in Brigham City. He attended Box Elder High School, Weber State College and the University of Utah.

Scott was an entrepreneur and hard worker from a young age. He worked with his family in the cherry orchards, and at the age of 15, bought a car and began selling peaches in Cache County. During World War II he was a member of the Army Air Corps and served as a navigator in the Pacific theater. After the war he started his own business buying and selling used mobile homes. Eventually he began marketing new mobile homes with sales lots in Salt Lake City and Ogden. Over the years, he developed multiple mobile home parks including Riverdale Mobile Estates in Ogden, Country Club Mobile Estates in Murray, and Camelot Mobile Home Park in North Salt Lake. Inspired by the advice of his older brothers, Scott devoted his later years to seeking sound investments. He continued to find enjoyment in this pursuit and never retired – going to the office until the last month of his life. Scott had a brilliant mind and memory, as well as a love and desire to help others.

Blessed with business acumen and a desire to share their successes, Scott and Dorothy created the C. Scott & Dorothy E. Watkins Charitable Foundation dedicated to health, education, and humanitarian needs. He said that the best thing they did was to operate a business that provided profits to give to these charities.

After Dorothy’s passing, Scott married Berniel Thayne Lund in 1996. They continued to share by giving to others in the community.

Picture of them

© Robert Munk Photography