Willard Saur

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Willard Saur, PGM,
Willard Saur, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1961-1962

Willard Saur was born on a farm in Alpine Township in Kent County, Michigan on August 31, 1905. His childhood was spent on a number of different farms. He was a product of the Sparta School System. His father Nelson was a Life Member of Sparta Lodge No. 334. He was raised as a Mason in Sparta Lodge on December 20, 1926. He was elected to be Worshipful Master of that lodge on December 9, 1929, and installed on December 16, succeeding his brother, Charles C. Saur, who served as Master in 1928.

He was a member of Kent Chapter No.106, R.A.M., and served as its Excellent High Priest in 1935. He was a member of DeMolai Commandery No. 5, K.T., DeWitt Clinton Consistory, A. & A.S.R., and Saladin Shrine Temple.

He married Veatrice Bettes. They were blessed with two sons and a daughter.

He was an expert ritualist and his degree portrayals were always impressive. He was elected Worshipful Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge in Detroit, on Tuesday, May 25, 1955. He advanced through the Grand line and was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master on May 24, 1961 in Detroit, Michigan.

His apple orchards were among the finest in the United States.

He died on June 7, 1984.

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