Obituary: Merlin “Butch” Green
December 5, 1949 – February 5, 2022
Butch began his trek to a higher elevation February 5, 2022, leaving behind broken hearts, backhanded compliments, kickass playlists and a litany of believable fish tales.
Butch was born December 5, 1949, in Pratt, KS. He attended Pratt High School and Pratt Junior College. He later attended Red Rocks Community College in Denver, CO, where he received his degree in Wastewater Treatment Management.
Butch embarked on a career in wastewater treatment. Initially employed in Estes Park, he decided to work his magic elsewhere and head toward Summit County, where the higher elevation and decidedly fewer people per square mile suited him just fine. Butch worked as the Assistant Manager for the Snake River Wastewater Treatment Plant, and later as the District Manager for the Frisco Sanitation District-jobs he both loved and complained about for many years. His tireless work for the District, in collaboration with Denver Water, culminated in building a lined wetlands project to aesthetically convey effluent to Lake Dillon, fittingly named Butch’s Wetlands, in recognition of his efforts. After his official retirement in 2015, Butch continued working in the industry in various capacities for the FSD and Town of Fairplay Public Works Department. He completely retired in July 2020..
Butch married Wendy Merritt Snapp on June 4, 1988 in Dillon, CO, with a raucous wedding reception not easily forgotten by the attendees. Butch and Wendy lived in Dillon, Frisco and Alma, CO before settling on their mountaintop sanctuary in rural and beautiful Park County, CO.
Butch was a man of simple pleasures-a remote ice fishing spot with suicidal fish, a shot of tequila enjoyed from a vantage point high above civilization, the company of a select group of similarly minded cronies and live rock and roll. But most of all he loved sharing the trail ride with his wife of 33 years, rocking and rolling and laughing and crying but always loving the hell out of each other.
Butch was predeceased by his mother, Wanda Lucille “Lucy” Green, father Wendell Green, and his first wife Cheryl Ann Eck Green. He is survived by his wife, Wendy Snapp, sisters Rebecca Green of Kansas City, MO, Teresa (Alan) Vratil of Medicine Lodge, KS, nieces Alison Stohler and Jenna Arrington, and nephew Benjamin Vratil.
A memorial party will be scheduled later in the year, when the wind chill and studded snow tires don’t come into play. There will be food and music and good stories to share.
If you’d like to make a contribution in Butch’s name, please do so by paying something forward, as he often did. There is also an account set up at TBK Bank in Fairplay for a project to be implemented to take children fishing who would not be able to otherwise.
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