Obituary: Ewart Hadden “Butch” Thresh III
March 23, 1938 – December 7, 2021
Ewart Hadden Thresh III “Butch” passed away peacefully with his family by his side on December 7, 2021 at the age of 83. Butch was brave and felt it was important to share that given the progression of his cancer, he chose to participate in California’s Death with Dignity option.
Butch was born in San Francisco on March 23, 1938. He lived his youth in San Luis Obispo, Berkeley and Oakland, graduating from Oakland High School. After high school, he spent eight years in the United States Air Force.
Butch then continued his college education, attending various universities, including UC Berkeley. He eventually earned a special education degree. After moving around a lot and pursuing many adventures such as long-term camping in the Sierra Nevada mountains and winterizing a remote Sierra resort, Butch and his wife Sonja settled in Cedarville, California. , and raised their two children there. Many happy years followed in this wonderful little community nestled in the northeast corner of California.
In 1985, Butch and Sonja moved to Nevada County, excited about life in another wonderful community, and Butch finally began his career teaching students with disabilities. Sadly, Sonja passed away in 1989.
Butch loved teaching. He has spent his career educating students with challenges at Milhous Boys Ranch, Grizzly Hill School, and Sierra Mountain High School in Grass Valley. He took great pride in the work he did with his students and his ability to respect them and adapt strategies to suit their particular learning styles. For years and years, former students approached Butch in the community and told him how much he had helped them.
In 1996 Butch found a wonderful, loving partner and married Virginia, beginning another great adventure! They shared a full and rich life together. Music in the mountains was extremely important to both of them, and they spent many hours attending concerts and volunteering. Butch also volunteered at Hospitality House. After retirement, they enjoyed traveling to many places around the world and traveled across the United States several times in their motorhome.
Cycling was also a very important part of Butch’s life. He was a member of the Sierra Express Cycling Club and completed many century rides. Her favorite ride of all was around Lake Tahoe. Butch continued to ride his bike until just months before he passed away.
Butch was a unique character. It was crispy on the outside, but hearty on the inside. He wasn’t shy about sharing his opinions and was always there to lend a hand to anyone. Butch found joy in life, whether it was family, performing arts, nature or food. Her favorite word to describe almost everything was “exceptional”.
Butch leaves behind a family who loved him dearly. His wife Virginia, his daughter Holly Hermansen (Jon), his son Kenneth Thresh (Diane), his stepdaughter Ann Zadeh (Jim), his stepson Peter Croninger (Sejin), his grandchildren Beverly, Benjamin, Sally, Greg, Michael, Kyle and Emerson and his great-grandchildren Tyler, Thea and Colby, and many other loving family members.