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Bennett McKean Butters, 87, of Arlington, WA passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on January 4, 2013, peacefully, at home surrounded by the family he adored.
Bennett McKean Butters
Bennett was born in Everett, Washington on November 18, 1925. He graduated from Marysville High School after postponing his senior year for military service following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Bennett was married to Lila (Thompson) on February 18, 1972 they were married 41 years.
Bennett's history and accomplishments followed the course of our great nation during some of its most tumultuous periods. Bennett heeded the call to arms following the bombing of Pearl Harbor and served as a navy radioman aboard the USS Pickens (APA-190) for the duration of the conflict throughout the South Pacific, including Okinawa and Iwo Jima.
Following WWII, Bennett returned to active duty operating a listening post in Puerto Rico for U.S. intelligence during the Korean conflict and opening days of the Soviet cold war. Later he worked on our nuclear deterrent at the Nevada test site for the Atomic Energy Commission.
Years later Bennett served as a firefighter, a member (retired) of Snohomish County Search and Rescue, and contributed 35 years of service as Fire Commissioner for the Getchell Fire Department (Snohomish County Fire District 22), until his passing. Bennett distinguished himself and the department by promoting the growth and evolution of the department from a small, struggling rural department to one of the largest, most dynamic fire departments in the region, enhancing public safety throughout Snohomish County. Bennett also served on Sno Pac's emergency communications board, providing guidance and oversight.
Bennett also served, and retired as a Washington State Electrical inspector, providing coverage to much of Northwest Washington. He also spent many years as an electrician for Weyerhaeuser, and led line crews in the attempt to restore power to Vancouver following the devastating Columbus Day Storm on 1962.
He was a private pilot and enjoyed working outdoors beside Lila in their vast landscaped gardens. He organized and led Benny's Old Time Fiddler's, a mainstay of the Getchell community center and other local venues.
Bennett is survived by his wife, Lila; and his blended family consisting of his four sons, Mike (Shannon), Dave (Judy), John (Lisa) and Terry; and Lila's three daughters, Jeannie (Dave), Louise (Dan) and Cheryl (Bob-deceased); and his sister, Jeanne. Bennett is also survived by a multitude of grandchildren, great-grand-children, nieces and nephews, and a multitude of friends.
Bennett is preceded in death by his parents, Charles Milton Butters and Viola (Larson) Butters.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on January 12, 2013 at Calvary Chapel 9428 4th St. SE. Lake Stevens, WA 98258.
In lieu of flowers please donate to Fred Hutchinson or cancer center of your choice.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Jan. 8 to Jan. 12, 2013