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Don Butler – September 11, 2017

Don Butler, 74, of Clarendon, TX returned to his heavenly home on September 11, 2017 after a valiant battle with cancer. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.
Life is made of two dates and a dash here is how he lived his dash.
Don was born to the late Lillian and E.W. Butler, Jr. on September 30, 1942. He was immersed in the Southern Baptist community that would be his lifelong support from an early age. After graduation from Lamar High School, he attended Texas Tech University on a Rodeo Scholarship and graduated with a bachelors in Animal Husbandry.  He enlisted in the United States Navy immediately following graduation on May 13, 1966, as a Hospital Corpsman and was later certified as an advanced laboratory technician. During his tenure, he was stationed at Naval Hospital Oakland and Naval Hospital Guam where he was certified as a rescue crewman and flew many missions supporting the Vietnam War. Following his discharge on February 15, 1970, Don returned back home to his roots in Stratford, TX.
Don was a rancher at heart, spending the majority of his adult life with Hart Start Cattle Company and Eagle Tail Ranch. A man with strong hands, a big heart, and a man who NEVER knew a stranger nor passed up a dinner social or good meal, he would quickly meet Kim Flippin on the dance floor and later wed on September 30, 2013, in Amarillo. He was kind, had a strong passion of sharing life stories, and was always willing to help others. Blessed with a gifted deep bass voice, he would sing, recite poetry and announce at numerous Rodeos. He is dearly missed by his loved ones, who understand he’s now wrangling cattle for the Savior and dancing on the streets of gold.
Don is survived by his wife, Kim Butler; his two sons Martin Ross Butler and wife Amy of Aurora, CO and William Judd Butler and wife Daina of Windsor, CO; Jon Hart (although cousins, their relationship was that of very close brothers); his sister Barbara Diller and husband Richard of Stratford, TX; his grandchildren, Katherine Packwood and husband Kyle, Austin Butler and wife Megan, Tori Rouse, Trevor Butler, Danielle Butler, Tyler Rouse, and Holton Butler; and his great-grandchildren Kayden, Kyrah, and Krusoe Packwood,
A memorial service will be held for at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel at 11:00 a.m. on September 14 with Larry Capranica officiating. Don will be buried at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. on September 15. The family gratefully declines flowers and donations, but prayers, condolences and memories are gladly accepted at www.boxwellbrothers.com.


  • Kenneth Wayne Dyess Posted September 12, 2017 8:47 pm

    Sure sorry to hear about Don. He was a really good fellow.

  • Ernie and Natacha Dyess Posted September 13, 2017 9:02 am

    We are saddened. Don was one of the good guys…

  • Ernie and Natacha Dyess Posted September 13, 2017 5:46 pm

    We are saddened. Don was one of the good guys.

  • Bevilyn & Jimmy Wright Posted September 13, 2017 6:12 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Don. He was quite a character and a good man. Oh how he loved to dance. He always made me laugh. I could always count on a hug from him since I can remember. I’m sad that we lost touch with him in the last several years. I will miss him greatly.

  • Billy Cox Posted September 13, 2017 11:25 pm

    Don was a good friend. He will be missed.

  • KayLynne Spurlock Doss Posted September 14, 2017 12:10 pm

    As a young child, I spent many nights with the Butler family. You were my second family and the place that I stayed when Dru had to be in the hospital. One of my favorite memories was waiting at the screen door for Donny to get home from work. He ALWAYS met me with a big smile and big hug. He was a wonderful story teller and I enjoyed many stories. (from Guam to cattle life) His family meant everything to him and in his magical way, he always made me feel like I was his family. I am thankful that he is no longer suffering here on earth and I will always treasure the special memories he made for me. I love you, Marty and Judd. Sending lots of love and prayers to all of Donny’s loved ones. – Katie

  • Bobby & Karla Edmond Posted September 18, 2017 12:00 pm

    We are so very sorry for your loss and hope that the memories you have will bring you peace. Donnie will certainly be missed.

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