Charles W. Dahlquist, II was born in Provo, Utah and raised in Boise and Weiser, Idaho. After graduating from high school, he served a 2-year mission in Switzerland for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He completed his undergraduate degree in broadcast communications from Brigham Young University, followed by a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law. During his university years, Charles worked as a radio announcer at KSL in Salt Lake City.
Following law school, Charles worked as a trial lawyer with the Federal Communications Commission returning to Salt Lake, where he joined the law firm of Kirton & McConkie. Charles specializes in healthcare law, and is a member of the Board of Directors and the Chair of the Health Law Section of the firm.
Charles and his wife, Zella, have five daughters (affectionately known as “Charlie’s Angels”) and 13 grandchildren. He serves on the National President’s Advisory Board of Utah Valley University. He is active with the Boy Scouts of America, has served on the National Executive Board and Western Region Board of the BSA, and a Head Chaplain for the 2010 Centennial BSA National Jamboree. He currently serves as the President of the Great Salt Lake Council of the BSA, a member of the BSA National President’s Advisory Board, Chairman of the BSA National Court of Honor, the Chair of the BSA National Venturing Task Force. He has received the Silver Beaver Award (1988), the Silver Antelope Award (2007), the National Venturing Award (2008) and the Silver Buffalo Award (2008).
Charles also serves as the Honorary Consul for the Federal Republic of Germany in Utah. He is a founder and first president of the Utah Consular Corps, and a past president of the Rotary Club of Salt Lake City, and past chair of the Salt Lake City Board of the American Cancer Society. Charles enjoys individual sports, family activities, fly-fishing, music of all types, and particularly playing his five-string banjo – and loves being at the Dahlquist Family Cabin – “The Gathering Place.”