Will Nutter was a past-president of the UAA and a dear friend and colleague to many in the utility arborist industry. He died September 16, 2021 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
The following is an excerpt from an article that will appear in the November/December 2021 issue of Newsline.
To say Will Nutter was unique or one-of-a-kind is an understatement. His presence when he entered a room was infectious – always smiling, never in a bad mood and incessantly spreading positivity. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone that had a negative thing to say about him.
Will served as president and COO of Wright Tree Service, and was the Senior Vice President and COO of Wright Service Corporation. Will was an industry icon, highly active in progressing the common ground issues that unite all of us in the profession – arborists and utilities alike. He not only dedicated his life’s work to improving the industry, but he also inspired those around him to do the same. His contributions included his leadership on many committees, writing countless editorials and speaking at events throughout our industry.
Will stood out as an advocate for safety and was a key player in the development of the UAA Safety Summits that focuses attention on bringing together a group of utility vegetation high performers and developing best practices, educating workers, as well as proactively addressing safety which transcends competitive boundaries.
His more than four decades of unwavering dedication to our industry cannot be replaced. He tirelessly supported the causes that impacted our industry. Will was committed to the Utility Arborist Association, serving as President in 2011. Will was instrumental in creating our partnership with ISA Southern Chapter, promoting our relationship with ISA and building out our continuing legacy alongside our late Nelson Money in the revisions of our UAA Newsline. He was key in raising money for the TREE Fund, and was current chair on the Board of Directors.
Wright Service Corporation Chairman and CEO Scott Packard said, “Words cannot express how much Will meant to us as a friend, teammate, and leader. He was a cornerstone for Wright and will be greatly missed.”
A memorial service for Will Nutter is planned for October 17 at 1pm.