Squire Washington Utsler
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Squire Washington Utsler
Squire was born on Friday, March 13, 1925, in Enid, to Ora Clarence and Vernis Viola (Carter) Utsler. He always said every Friday the 13th was his lucky day! He graduated from Enid High School in 1943 and joined the United States Navy on August 18, 1943, to serve in WWII. Because of his accuracy and skill with a gun during boot camp, the United States decided he could best serve as a machine gunner in the Marine Corps. He was then sent to Marine boot camp in Camp Pendleton, California. After surviving WWII, he returned to marry his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Lee Horrall, on New Year's Day, 1946. They had just celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary two days before his death.
Squire was a civil engineer at Vance Air Force Base for many years until he decided to pursue his dream of starting a fish hatchery. This led to designing and building lakes, including Willow Lake and Fountain Lake of Enid; Fox Lake in Edmond; and Squire's Landing in Stillwater. He was gifted in being able to take a piece of raw land and turn it into a beautiful place with a rustic resort-like feel. Squire was an avid sportsman who loved to hunt and fish and train his Brittany hunting dogs. He was a member of the Grand National Quail Club and hosted celebrities like Roy Clark and Sam Walton at his Wind Canyon Ranch near the Salt Plains of Oklahoma.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Utsler, of the home in Enid; two children, Lori Lee Lenz and husband Joel of Enid, Hal W. Utsler and wife Oleta of Ringwood; three grandchildren, Kelsi Lenz of Chicago, IL; Colby Lenz and wife Allyson of Overland Park, KS; and Tyler Lenz of Oklahoma City. He also leaves three great-grandchildren who he was so proud of, Tyler's son Ezra Lee, and Colby's two girls, Paisley Jayne and Aubrey Mae.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ora and Vernis Utsler; sister, Betty Jo Harmon and her husband Francis Harmon; and two nephews, Mark and Joe Lynn Harmon.
Memorials may be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society in Squire's name with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home serving as custodian of the funds.
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