William Jolley Souttar

William Jolley Souttar

July 09, 1910 - February 10, 2005

William Jolley Souttar

July 09, 1910 - February 10, 2005


William Good Ol? Uncle Bill Jolley Souttar

After 94 active years, ?Good Ol? Uncle Bill? Souttar passed away on 2-10-05 after a short illness. Bill was born in Junction City, KA on 7/9/10 to William Jolley Souttar and Helen Keller. He married Ola Madge Yeager on 10-19-35, she preceded him in death on 04-28-90.
He attended Estherville Jr. College in Estherville, IA and received an honorable discharged from the US Army on 08-10-44. He was a pilot and expert marksman. He lived in Missouri until 1956, and then moved to Utah until 1990. Since then he has lived in Missouri and most recently Laguna Hills, Ca.
Bill was a 32_ 58+ year member in good standing in the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and proud of his Scottish heritage. He was a member of the Moberly Country Club in Missouri and Won the championship match in the Top Flight crown of Moberly Country Club.year unknown As a member of the Ogden Golf and Country Club he was a member of the Hole-In-One Club by virtue of a Hole-In-One made on the 11th hole on 9-11-69.
Bill served as President of the Moberly Chamber of Commerce, Inc in 1947 and served in many community positions during his lifetime. He managed First-Run theatres for Midwest TheatresFox, Mann for 14 years in MO. He worked in the theatre industry for over 40 years.
He and Madge moved to Utah in 1956 to run what is now Ogden’s Historic Egyptian Theatre. He retired from the industry in 1975. In the 1994 edition of The Papyrus announcing the Eccles Grant to restore the Egyptian Theatre, an article by Van Summerill recognized Bill as being among the last ‘show-men?; and for holding the longevity record as manager of Ogden’s Historic Egyptian Theatre 19 yrs. Madge opened the Ogden gift shop, Jade Tree in 1960 and when Bill retired he ?went to work for Madge.? They ran the Jade Tree for 24 years.
Bill and Madge enjoyed traveling the world and did so often. His 2004 travels included Europe, Thailand, and many Cruises, with the assistance of his close friend, Garman Salas of Florida. His wish is to be scattered at Sea and to ?Let my ashes blow?.
He was proceeded in death by his mother, father, wife and brothers, Steve and Fred Souttar, a beloved niece, Judy Mitchell and nephew Jay Jackson. Surviving are his nephew, Joe Jackson of Co., Grand nieces, Jeana Jackson of Co. and Alexandria Jackson of Az. Grand- nephews ScottAlicia Mitchell, Cody Mitchell of Ut. and Great-Grand nieces, Blayne Burgett and Bryce Mitchell of Ut.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer Foundation, The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, or Ogden’s Historic Egyptian Theatre Foundation.

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3 responses to William Jolley Souttar

  1. We will miss the postcards from around the world and the always cheerful calls. Now you can travel through eternity with your soulmate Madge.

  2. I would just like to write a note about my friendship with Mr. Souttar.
    He was my very first boss. I worked at the Egyptian Theater in Ogden Utah for him.
    He was a pretty scarry boss at first. He was a man of all business. I learned so much from him. His math skills were amazing. Mine were horrible.
    Mr. Souttar taught me so much about work ethics and I have used them to this day. I find myself getting so frustrated if the other techs were I work don’t put the money in the cash drawer all facing the same direction. Everytime I think about it I think of Mr. Souttar,.
    He taught me to look busy even if I wasn’t. Like windexing the counter for the 100th time in an hour. He would say “Deb are you busy or just looking busy? I would tell him that would be for him to figure out.
    I could make him laugh when he was mad at me for sitting in the little box selling tickets and waving to all of my friends wishing I was out dragging intead of working. He always told me that they were spending money and I was making it. A whole $1.25 an hour.
    I am not a dog person and he would bring his little dog to work to close the theater. I would be in the tiny office and this dog would want to be right on my lap. I would try and ignore it but Mr. Souttar always just looked at me out of the corner of his eye and I always ended up picking up the dog. Then he would smile this little smile of his.
    I would like you to know what a wonderful person he was to work with. He was demanding but kind. I will never forget him and I truely think of him often.
    I think that I have some of my obsessive compulsive disorder thanks to him. But I ,like him like neatness. Just ask my kids…
    I will be a better person for knowing him. This is a sad loss for you family. My prayers will be with you.
    I will always be glad that a few years ago I had the opportunity to tell him how important he was in my life.
    Thank you for sharing him with me.
    Sincerely Debbie Nations

  3. Ingrid Wood says:

    Bill moved to Missouri to ensure his older brother Steve was well looked after. The two men lived next door to me and I cared for both of them dearly. They were caring and compassionate, both took on a grandfatherly roll in my daughter’s early years. I continue to miss them both deeply. Rest peacefully dear Bill…1021 Yale

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