Target founder Douglas Dayton, 88
Playthings Staff -- Gifts & Dec, July 8, 2013
Minneapolis - Target founder and scion of the Dayton department store family Douglas Dayton passed away July 5 after a battle with cancer. He was 88.
After serving during World War II in Patton's army, for which he received a Purple Heart and French Legion of Honor, he joined his four brothers in the Dayton's business in 1948, according to an obituary posted by his family at the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
In 1954, he moved to Rochester run the Dayton's store there. He founded Target in 1960 and became the discount department store division's first president. In 1968, he stepped into corporate management as senior vp of administration for Dayton-Hudson Corp., the parent company of Target.
He left the company in 1974 to start Dade Development Capital. He retired in 1994.
"Doug's greatest legacy is his love of nature and how to best protect it," his family wrote. "He also embodied the characteristics of the consummate gentleman, effective leader, creative entrepreneur, and a loving and nurturing father and husband."
He is survived by his wife, Wendy; children, David, Steve (Joyce), Bruce (Lynn), and Elizabeth; grandchildren, Isaac, Caleb, Dorothy, Adele (Roberto), Alex and Connor. Doug is also survived by his only remaining brother, Bruce (Ruth) and sisters-in- law, Judy and Mary Lee.
The family requests memorials in his memory be made to the YMCA or The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
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