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Kenneth "Kenny" Butler
October 4, 1956 ~ September 19, 2023 (age 66) 66 Years Old
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We are sad to announce the passing of Kenneth “Kenny” Butler of Bradenton, FL, on Tuesday, September 19, 2023. He was born on October 4, 1956 and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, the “home of golf,” where he learned the game of golf early on. He moved to the United States in 1984. In 1992, he became certified as a USGTF teaching professional and then gained his Master Golf Teaching Professional certification, eventually becoming part of the USGTF and WGTF examining staff. Kenny was nominated as a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher and was inducted into the USGTF Hall of Fame in 2004. He is the former director for the Tony Jacklin Golf Academy, giving lessons to both President Bill Clinton and President George H.W. Bush.
Kenny met the love of his life, Kari, 20 years ago, and they began dating seven years later. They created a beautiful life together in Bradenton, enjoying the pleasure of each other’s company be it at home or just a lazy day at the pool. Time on Anna Maria Island was also special; boating, fishing and enjoying the pristine beach. He loved and was spoiled by Kari’s cooking, often posting pictures on social media. He could light up a room with his infectious smile, kind blue eyes, quick wit and Scottish accent. Following a round of golf, he enjoyed a good laugh and a pint with his buddies. Kenny’s insatiable sense of humor and his kind and loving manner will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his loving companion, Kari Mohr-Hurst; daughter, Georgia Stella Elizabeth B. Soutar; sister, Christine McDonald; brother, John Butler; Kari’s family: parents, Jim and Sue Mohr; sister, Lynn Mohr; niece, Hilary (Scott) Suring; niece, Sarah (Jarred) Bunker and their children, Nolan and Mila; and his “brothers” Kevin Jones and Allan Welch.
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents, John and Elizabeth (Hill) Butler and niece, Carol Nolan.
Private family services will be held and he will be laid to rest in Cambria Cemetery.