In Memory

Myron Dye

Myron Dye

Myron Leo "Butch" Dye


Myron Leo "Butch" Dye, who loved his family, life, golf and statistics in approximately that order, died peacefully Tuesday (Dec. 8, 2009) after a 15-month battle with brain cancer. With him were his long-time friend and wife Emily Yeager, his daughters, his sister and his two brothers. Born in San Antonio on May 27, 1954, Butch, 55, got his nickname from his maternal grandfather, who didn't cotton to calling him "Myron" or "Leo." The nickname stuck -- even onto his business cards - ahead of the professional designations of FCAS, MAAA, CPCU, and senior vice president and chief actuary for USAA, a renowned insurance company based in San Antonio. Although short, small and slow in his early high school days, Butch was an enthusiastic member of football and baseball teams for San Antonio's MacArthur High School Brahmas. After graduation in 1972, he got his bachelor of science degree in statistics from Princeton University in 1976. He loved his college years, during which he was a member of the Cottage Club. Shortly after graduation, Butch became an actuary for USAA, where he worked for 33 years. Butch loved being with his daughters, Lindsay Alayne and Hannah Elizabeth, loved teaching, mentoring and otherwise supporting them, and put their interests first in his life. Butch also was a popular teacher and mentor to his co-workers. His love for sports continued on many post-college softball teams --especially those with USAA. And he loved commingling his passions for statistics and golf. Butch was a big fan of the San Antonio Spurs basketball team, holding season tickets for over 30 years. He was a devoted follower of UT Austin's Longhorn football and baseball teams. Professional credentials included Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society; Member of the American Academy of Professional Actuaries; and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter. He served on boards of directors of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute, and was an Advisor for the UT Austin Actuarial Sciences Program. Butch was preceded in death by his daughter, Courtney Michelle, in 1982; mother, Thais R. "Tye" Dye in 1999; and the stepfather who adopted and raised him, Charles W. Dye, in 1997. His granddaughter, Ryleigh Michelle Cummings passed away in 2009. Survivors include wife Emily, daughters Lindsay and husband Joshua Cummings of Austin, and Hannah of San Antonio; sister Patrice Berglund of Laporte, Colorado; brother David and Tara Dye, daughters Madisen and Allysen of San Antonio; and brother Randall Dye of Lake Chapala, Mexico; step-children Kathryn Yeager of Austin and Russell Yeager of San Antonio. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Drive in Austin. There is an online guestbook at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Highland Park Baptist Church of Austin, Hospice Austin, or to the University of Texas Actuarial Sciences Program Scholarship fund (note on check "Actuarial Scholarship/Memory of Butch Dye") sent to UT Austin, 1 University Station - C1200, Austin TX 78712.

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07/14/17 04:20 PM #1    

Sterling Fletcher

As we approach our 45th reunion, always thinking of Butch and how he enjoyed the reunions. Lots of fun times!!


07/15/17 11:45 AM #2    

Cheri Bell (Pendergraft)

He was one of the most likeable guys in the world! Taken way too soon. 

07/18/20 03:02 PM #3    

Victoria Ekstrand (Jones)

I am new to the MacArthur ’72 website and appreciate all the great work that so many of you have put into it.  Looking at the “In Memory” page for the first time, I was shocked to learn that Myron (as I knew him) had passed away.  He was a really nice and generous person, and a friend to me beginning, if I remember correctly,  in junior high. I’m sorry he won’t be with us at the 50th.  Blessings to his wife and family.  

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