Vincent A. Vatter

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Vincent Arthur Vatter, PGM,
Vincent Arthur Vatter, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1976-1977

Vincent Arthur Vatter was born on November 2, 1916 in Snover, Michigan. He received his elementary education in local rural schools, and in 1934 graduated from Sandusky High School. He attended the General Motors Institute in Flint, and in 1940 he acquired knowledge of tool design and entered automobile production at the General Motors Pontiac Division. From 1943 to 1946 he returned to Snover and ran a general store. Later, he sold hard and soft goods as a special sales representative of the Krolik Corporation, Wholesale Apparel merchants.

He married Viola M. Moore on July 12, 1937. They were blessed with a son and a daughter.

He was raised a Master Mason in Decker Lodge No. 474 on January 10, 1946. He transferred his membership to Clam Lake Lodge No. 331 in 1955. He received the York Rite Degrees in Cadillac Chapter No. 103 in 1965. He joined Cadillac Council No. 70, R. & S.M. in 1969 and Escanaba Commandery No. 47 K.T. in 1972. The Coordinated Scottish Bodies of Grand Rapids conferred upon him the various grades in 1970, and he traveled the hot sands the same year. He was the found of the Paul Bunyan Shrine Club in Cadillac. He served Clam Lake Lodge as Worshipful Master in 1969 and had a highly successful year. One Master Mason Dinner alone accounted for 450 diners. He was also a member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem having joined in 1975. In May of 1970 he was elected Grand Marshal and advanced each year until becoming Most Worshipful Grand Master on May 19, 1976.

He died on August 9, 2000.

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