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Founder of Denny’s Restaurants Dies

July 10, 1998 GMT

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Harold Butler, founder of the Denny’s restaurant chain, died Thursday in the Mexican resort city of La Paz. He was 77.

Butler suffered a heart attack Wednesday morning while at his rental home, public ministry agent Anabel Vazquez Chavez said.

Butler had lived in the Gulf of California port city for the past two years, where he owned the Puerto Mexia resort development, said Jose E. Baragan, an employee of Butler’s who reported the death.

Butler is survived by his wife, Jean, who had been visiting relatives in Oklahoma on Wednesday, Baragan said. Further information on survivors and funeral arrangements was not immediately available.

Denny’s, a subsidiary of the Spartanburg, S.C.-based Advantica Restaurant Group, has 1,600 fully-owned or franchised restaurants nationwide.