John Charles “Butch” Hulse, 65, of Blackfoot passed away Friday, Oct. 5,2012 at the VA Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He came into this world on March 11, 1947 to Peggy Falk and Clyde C. Hulse in Wenatchee, Wash. They moved to Blackfoot in 1949. Butch attended St. Margaret’s Parochial School through eighth grade and graduated from Blackfoot High School. He played football, basketball and baseball for the Broncos. After high school, he played semi-pro for the Simplot Spuds and won the state championship. He went on to Idaho State University where he studied to be a dental technician.
He served as a medic in the United States Army, stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. He moved to Beaverton, Ore., where he attended cosmetology college. He loved to make the ladies look great. He relocated to Bend, Ore., so he could ski at Mt. Bachelor before work each day. He opened three salons, LaSalon I, II and III.
He returned to Blackfoot in 1993 and opened Trios Salon on Meridian Street. He was deeply involved in all aspects of this community. He started many traditions and activities, including the Christmas Tree Bonfire, Music in the Park and the Saturday Market. He served on the board of the Potato Museum and Bingham Economic Development Corporation. He was president of the Chamber of Commerce from 2006-2008 and was a city councilman at the time of his death.
His main focus was to keep Blackfoot a strong and viable community. He was awarded the Elks Distinguished Citizen Award and Best Foot Forward Award.
He is survived by his wife, Paula of Blackfoot; sons, Noel (Jessie) Hansen of Kingston, Wash.; Justin (Alison) Brown of Oxnard, Calif.; sister, Jeannie Williams of Blackfoot; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Ave. in Blackfoot. Family will meet with friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 at the Hawker Funeral Home and for one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Utah Organ Donors Association at http://www.yesutah.org/content/programs.
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