Obituaries: Morris Bernard "Butch" Husted

  • by BAR staff
  • Wednesday September 26, 2018
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October 3, 1949 — July 12, 2018

Morris Bernard "Butch" Husted, born October 3, 1949 in Kingston, New York, died July 12, 2018 in Hilo, Hawaii. He was 68.

Butch, an avid orchid grower and collector of World music, lived in Leilani Estates on the Island of Hawaii. He witnessed the beginning of the 2018 Kilauea Volcano eruption one block away and evacuated May 2. The home he built with Kevin Roddy was completely destroyed on May 27.

An Air Force veteran, Butch settled in San Francisco in 1973 after his service and worked for Pacific Telephone.

Butch was one of 208 telephone company employees awarded settlements from the "Gay Law Students v. Pacific Telephone" lawsuit in the 1980s.

He rode with the California Eagles Motorcycle Club and was a longtime volunteer at the San Francisco Zoo with the raptor program. He moved to Hawaii in 1991.

In addition to Roddy, his former partner, Butch is survived by son, Steven Husted (Ela Polak), of Hayward; ex-wife Brenda Cooper, of Mystic, Connecticut; and lifelong friends Al Indelicato and Deirdre Devine of San Francisco; and Christl Dodge of Austin, Texas.

For information on Butch's celebration of life to be held in October in San Francisco, contact Roddy at (808) 779-1019.