J. Lee Butler

J. Lee Butler, of Spanish Fork, Utah, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away in his home, surrounded by his family, on May 11, 2017. He is the son of James Alma Butler and Rose Johnson Butler, the ninth of ten children.

He attended Spanish Fork schools, graduating from Spanish Fork High School in 1952.  He married his sweetheart, Diane Newitt Butler, on February 16, 1953, in the Manti LDS Temple. He is the proud father of Randy (Donna) Butler, Carol (Doug) Ford, Kay (Earl) Hansen, Laura (Brent) Taylor, Brent Butler, and Debbie Richardson Butler.

J. Lee was diversified in making a good living for his family. He started working at the age of 12, building homes for his Uncle Will. He was a Driver’s Ed teacher for Spanish Fork High School, and worked as a gas station attendant for Jack Christensen. He established Butler Roofing as a family business which he ran for 35 years. His final vocation was raising cattle, his true passion, which he did until he passed on. Working with many of his children and grandchildren – boy or girl – they all learned skills that helped them in their life pursuits.  He strived to be with his family and friends, sharing his passions on a daily basis.

He is a member of the LDS Church, where he held the office of High Priest. He was a Scout Master, advancing ten boys to the Eagle Rank.  He had joy in life ad love in his heart. He will be remembered with complete admiration.  We love you with all our hearts, love your family!

Visitation for family and friends will be Monday, May 15, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 187 South Main Street, Spanish Fork, Utah.  Upon his request, a private family memorial will be held in his honor on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Interment will be at Spanish Fork City Cemetery.

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  1. Michelle Johnson

    I am truly saddened that we lost such a positive role model. I wish I would’ve been able to say thank you one more time for influencing me in such a good way. I will miss our visits, his laugh and his kindness. Condolences to his dear wife, family and his friend, Wayne.

  2. Megan Gordon

    I’m so sad to hear about his passing he was such a sweet guy . I’ll miss seeing him on his deck up at the cabin.

  3. Carlene Ainge Beckstrand

    I just want to extend my condolences to Diane and the Butler family. Many of my childhood memories center around the cabins at Strawberry and spending time with my cousins across the street from you guys. We had so much fun catching frogs, shooting BB guns, and sleigh riding. I hope you’ll all be blessed with peace and comfort at this tough time.

  4. Richard Bruno

    To Diane and family,
    Just wanted to send our sincere sympathy at the passing of J Lee. It was nice we were able to visit for a few minutes at Shirley’s services as we had not seen you in several years. He was so kind to us always (and you too Diane). Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

    Richard and Christie Bruno

  5. Jay lee was bigger than life to me. I enjoyed very much being around him. I enjoyed working for him building his live stock yard in the river bottoms. We corrals drive alleys and hay barn. Renovated existing buildings. I learned alot from this great man. If you can take shit and build a chocolate cake. Most everything we built was with scrap or left over material. I am a better man today for knowing and working beside him. Can’t wait to see you again my friend. Love you and your princess Diane.

  6. Colleen, Tyler, and Nathan Douglas

    J. Lee was family to us. He treated Tyler like a grandson with a stern hand and a loving heart. He was such an amazing man. He will forever be in our hearts and his words of wisdom will be heard in our minds. Figure it all okt for is on the other side J. Lee and fill us in when we get there. Take care of those that passed before and let them know of the love here on this earth for them. To J. Lee’s family, thank you for letting us share in his huge personality!!

  7. Troy Mortensen

    What a great guy he was! I really enjoyed working with him and he always had a smile on his face. When I was 12 he gave me a whole bottle of jerky and I thought he was the coolest guy ever! He will be missed!