Warren Folger Sawyer died peacefully on Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at Parkview Care Center. He was born on Feb. 18, 1917, on Nantucket Island, off the coast of Massachusetts, to Hattie Folger Sawyer and Samuel Sawyer. In 1938, he graduated from Amherst College. He received an MSW from Columbia University, where he met his bride, who agrees with his mother that he was "a gentleman and a scholar." He ran a settlement house in New York City until entering the Navy where he served from 1942 until 1946 as an executive officer on mine sweepers. He then served as executive director of Community Chest and United Way organizations in Nebraska, Illinois and New Jersey from 1946 until 1969. From 1969 until 1980, he was director of the United Way of Cascade County.
He was active in church and community affairs throughout his life, serving on many boards. In his later years, he was a trustee of the CM Russell museum, founder and president of Montana Association of United Ways, president of the Eighth Judicial District Youth Guidance Home and chairman of the committee that raised money for the purchase of park land for Giant Springs Heritage Park. He had been a member of Rotary International since 1949.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Eleanor; his brother, Bill (Betty) of Florida; a son, David (Mary) of Ft. Collins, Colo.; a daughter, Lynn Husby (Peter) of Bozeman; a daughter, Anne Harris (Gray) of Billings; a son, Kenneth (Carol) of Wayland, Mass.; and his grandchildren, Heather, Lucas, Maria, Jesse, Elsa, Megan, Daniel, Laurel, Amy and Rebecca; and great-grandchildren, Kaleb, Victoria and Tucker.
He was a spirited organizer of family sailing, camping and canoeing trips. He loved to sing, play his harmonica and fish and built a stereo and a much used green rowboat. Family and friends still remember produce from his huge New Jersey garden. He knew all the verses to many ballads, which have been passed down to grandchildren.
He was a kind and generous man who could be counted on for a hug or a few words of wisdom. Cremation has taken place and family services will be held this summer. A service will be held at Parkview Care Center as well, in loving memory and in celebration of his life and in appreciation for Parkview staff.