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Glenn Lowe Butler

  • Birth 6 May 1912 Fairfield, Camas County, Idaho, USA
  • Death 1 Mar 1992 Orem, Utah County, Utah, USA
  • Burial Duvall, King County, Washington, USA
  • Memorial ID 33060800

When he died, Glenn Butler, a longtime Seattle real-estate appraiser and bishop in the Mormon Church, left behind a large legacy, one of the goals of his life.

But the legacy isn't money, it's his 10 children – three of whom he adopted – said his son Kenneth Butler of Federal Way. "It was his goal in life to leave a legacy," and his children are a monument to his accomplishments, Butler said.

Mr. Butler, 79, died of cancer March 1 at his home in Orem, Utah, where had lived since leaving the Seattle area in 1986.

From 1952 until he sold his share of the business in 1979, Mr. Butler was a partner in Butler & Walls, a real-estate-appraisal firm that at one time was the largest on the West Coast, his son said.

A lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mr. Butler became a bishop of the church and for several years served in the Kirkland Ward before moving to Duvall, where he was the president of the Duvall branch of the church.

Mr. Butler was born in Manard, Idaho, a small farming community that no longer exists.

In high school, he lettered in baseball, was captain of the basketball team and played halfback on the football team.

Mr. Butler left correspondence reporting that his poorly coached Hollister High School football team was routinely being routed until he talked his teammates into actually doing some blocking for him during a game against Kimberly High.

As a result, Mr. Butler scored seven touchdowns. According to his son, the performance was instrumental in getting him a football scholarship to the College of Idaho (now Albertson College).

After his freshman year, Mr. Butler transferred to the University of Idaho and graduated in 1938 with a degree in psychology-education. The following year he enlisted in the Navel Reserve, which brought him to Seattle for pilot training at the Sand Point Naval Air Station.

Mr. Butler married Clara Helene Rhuddy, whom he met while stationed at Sand Point, in June 1940.

Mr. Butler left the Navy in 1946 and worked for several years in the real-estate business before starting his own appraisal firm.

He twice was elected president of the Northwest chapter of the American Society of Real Estate Appraisers, and he also became a member of the Appraisal Institute, earning the rank of master appraiser.

Mr. Butler and his family lived first at Lake Forest Park, then Woodinville and Duvall and later Lynnwood. Mrs. Butler died in 1986.

He later remarried, and Lyla Butler survives him in Orem.

Besides his wife, Mr. Butler is survived by his daughters, Sandra Terry of Santa Rosa, Calif., Sue Bills of Sugar City, Idaho, Margie Eggen of Mapleton, Utah, Dorothy DeBoer of Carnation, and a stepdaughter, Eileen Gull of Spanish Fork Utah; sons, Kenneth of Federal Way, Glenn and Roger of Salt Lake City, Darrell Hansen of Charlotte, N.C., Richard of Auburn, and a stepson, David Crane of Visalia, Calif.; 59 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. One daughter preceded Mr. Butler in death.

Services were held in Orem. Burial was at the Novelty Hill Cemetery in Duvall.

Dave Birkland (Times staff reporter), Seattle Times, March 9, 1992


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  • Maintained by: Bonnie Huish
  • Originally Created by: ChuckNorris
  • Added: 19 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33060800
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Glenn Lowe Butler (6 May 1912–1 Mar 1992), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33060800, citing Novelty Cemetery, Duvall, King County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Bonnie Huish (contributor 46938507) .