William Murray Getz
GETZ, William Murray, at the age of 80, from Scottsdale, Aspen/ Snowmass and Chicago, passed away peacefully on January 7, 2014, with his family by his side. Bill, AKA ‘Pops’, was a beloved son, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and a great friend to all. He was a family man, a former professional baseball player, and worked over 30 years in the liquor industry at Barton Brands, the company his father and uncle founded in 1944. Like his father, he was a philanthropist and deeply involved in the communities he lived in, always supporting the arts, medical research, social services and the Jewish community. Organizations he supported include: Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Brandeis University, Columbia College Chicago, the University of Miami (his alma mater), the University of Colorado, Foothills Land Trust, Aspen Valley Medical Foundation, Trashmasters International, the Jewish National Fund and the Oscar Getz Whiskey Museum, just to name a few. As an avid golfer, he was a member of Briarwood Country Club in Deerfield IL, The Snowmass Club in Snowmass CO, The Maroon Creek Club in Aspen CO, and The Estancia Club in Scottsdale AZ. He always kept the family close, bringing them together for annual trips to Lake Powell, the Indianapolis 500, and over 40 years in Snowmass for the holidays. Bill is preceded in death by his parents Oscar and Emma Getz. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Marilyn Getz; daughter Cindy Wilson and her husband D.B. Wilson, their son AJ Wilson and his fiancé Danni, their daughter Megan Kazmar, her husband Eric and their daughter Malena; son Randy Getz and his wife Kim Getz and their children Michael and Morgan; daughter Pamela Getz; son Richard Getz and his wife Julie Getz and their children Nathan and Nicolas; preceded in death by son Robert Getz, survived by his children Billy, Jamie and Jordan Getz; stepson Alan Goodrich, his wife Michele Goodrich and their children Jason and Travis; stepson Terry Goodrich; preceded in death by his sister Constance Bresky, survived by her children Amy and Jill Bresky; and ex-wife and mother of his children Marion Getz. An open house was held at his home in Scottsdale last Saturday and a memorial reception will be held in Aspen in June. Contributions in his memory can be made to one of his favorite charities listed above.
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