It is with a heavy heart, the national AMAC leadership team must share that AMAC’s thoughtful, kind and visionary founder – a leader in his time, other-regarding and invariably inspiring – has left us. Daniel C. Weber, beloved to all who knew him, was an American patriot, entrepreneur, father, grandfather and undeterred believer in America’s exceptionalism. He died on February 3rd, surrounded by family.
Dan’s vigor was limitless, love of others a hallmark, faith as true and strong as faith comes. Forever grateful, he believed in the sanctity of life, solemnity of the Constitution, power of the American idea, and promise that one, earnest, motivated soul could change the world. He embraced moral obligations, including the need to rise each day and do all he could, while he could. And he did.
As a boy, the third child of six, Dan was up before the sun, delivering newspapers. He learned hard work pays off, rewards are earned not given, and America’s promise is real.
Blessed with good teachers at Catholic and public schools, he never forgot timeless lessons. Honesty, decency, fairness, and hard work matter. High purpose is worth embracing. Give without asking, love without limit, do more than required, and keep your bearing.
At age 16, no money to his name, he believed in the possible. He embraced, soon embodied, the American dream. He started a business with three friends. Their landscaping venture grew, allowing him to bank returns, buy a car, and begin dreaming bigger.
If business was good, no value trumped honor. Two days after graduating from high school, Dan enlisted in the United States Air Force. Motivated more by duty than daring, he served four years, before his honorable discharge – at one point selected “Airman of the Month” on a base of 5,000. Dan made little of such things.
Before long, Dan had married Judy, was ensconced in raising a family of five – while owning and operating a fast-growing family insurance business. Putting faith in hard work, honest relationships, and his fellow American, Dan ran that successful business for 30 years.
In 2007, upon retirement, Dan made a new promise – to America and the future. America allowed him to fulfill his dreams – now he gave himself to assuring dreams of others, sheltered by America’s unbounded freedoms, would come to life. He founded AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens.
Daring comes in many forms. Stepping into the world of helping America’s seniors – and preserving America’s timeless values – by creating a conservative association for Americans over 50 was daring.
When AMAC came to life, conservative principles were in retreat. The freedoms of speech, religion, and assembly, right to keep and bear arms, limited government, lower taxes, solvent federal coffers, sustainable social security, disability and health care, appreciation for national security, border security and the private sector, as well as insistence on public accountability – were under intense pressure. Dan was undeterred. He leaned into those fights, never flagged.
Today, a dozen years later, AMAC is the fastest-growing conservative group in America, helping seniors through advice, advocacy and countless direct benefits. AMAC boasts two million members, battles for America’s freedoms, traditions and ideals every day, has given a voice to conservative seniors, and is on course to help preserve the best about America for generations to come.
All this comes back to Dan Weber, to his vision, faith in America, gratitude for manifold blessings, resolve to do what he could while he could for all he could. Dan embodied the American dream, humble and optimistic, resilient and resolved, hopeful and quick to give. He was never without a ready smile, never without appreciation for good fortune, never without faith in America, his fellow Americans, and his loving God. His example is of belief and can-do, a spirit embodied in his creation of the AMAC Foundation, a vibrant organization dedicated to the well-being of America’s seniors.
By such men are we taught and treated to what may be possible, inspired to do our part in our time, reminded that the future is what we make it – bright if we follow their example.
Dan, we will miss you beyond words – but we are so grateful for the example you set, for putting us on the right course in times of trial. Our promise is to carry “the good fight” forward, preserving America’s best for those ahead, and making your AMAC army ever stronger, bigger and more resolved to see the mission through. Thank you, until we meet again.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Weber’s memory to, The AMAC Foundation, 312 Teague Trail, Lady Lake, Florida 32159. The AMAC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of America’s seniors, and all donations are tax-deductible.