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Gary Gene Gowans Butler ’65 was born in San Mateo and grew up in Eureka, California. After graduating from Eureka High School, class of 1958, he moved to San Jose to attend college. He graduated from SCU with a degree in commerce. After graduation, he joined Touche’ Ross (now DeLoitte) and became a CPA shortly after. He joined the Franklin-McKinley School District as business manager and subsequently occupied a similar position with the Berkeley Unified School District. In 1977 he joined Fremont Bank as auditor and eventually became CFO at Pacific Valley National in Modesto, California. He formed Gary G. Butler, CPA, in Los Altos in 1989, later adding investment advisory services. Gary had exemplary financial knowledge and was an enthusiastic educator to his family, friends, and clients his entire life. He understood the importance of attaining financial independence and was a persistent advocate of saving and investment, and shared his views with everyone. Gary paid his way through college working as a checker at Blossom Market. Always outgoing, he developed an easy way with people, making friends and always recognizing his regular customers. Two customers eventually included his future mother-in-law and future wife, who shopped at the store more and more often. Years after he had moved on to a professional career, he would enthusiastically jump to the end of the checkout stand to help the checker and bag his own groceries. Gary married his favorite customer, Flora (Farwell) in 1964, and they shopped together for 55 years. He is survived by his wife, son Gary G. Butler Jr. (Debbie), daughters Colleen Butler and Lori Butler Alvarado, and seven grandchildren: Andrew, John, Patrick, Ricky, Katie Butler ’22, Jackie, and Sam. Gary was predeceased by son-in-law Charles (Chuck) G. Butler Jr.