Alva Jerry Butler

1934 ~ 2020

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Oct. 10, 2020
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2350 e 1300 s Salt Lake City ,Utah 84108
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  • Alva Jerry Butler
    Alva Jerry Butler, 86, from Logan, Utah passed away at home on September 23, 2020. He was
    born on March 8, 1934 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Alva Despain Butler and Mary Alice Spencer
    Butler. He was the youngest of four children. He was preceded in death by an infant brother,
    Spencer Despain Butler and his two sisters, Janet Butler Bean and Joan Butler Neilson and her
    spouse Russell Neilson and also by a brother-in-law Clyde Robert (Bud) Pannier and his wife,
    Marilyn Peak Pannier.
    He is survived by his wife, of 64 years, who he dated in high school and college, Gladys
    Anne Pannier Butler, his three children; Steven Jeffery Butler (Belinda), Suzanne Butler Ross
    (Bruce), and Richard Jerry Butler (Dee). He is also survived by eight grand children (JR. Sara,
    Shannon. Kathryn, Jerry, Scott, Kassandra, and Heather) and 13 great grand children.
    He graduated in 1952 from East High where he played football and also took Latin as his
    foreign language. This later paid off when he went to the University of Utah's Collage of Law
    and became a lawyer in 1956. He worked many jobs during his life from yard work to plumbing,
    delivering news papers, manning a service station and parking cars. While at the University he
    worked the full-time graveyard shift at the veterans’ hospital and then went to his classes. He
    even found time to join the PI KAPPA ALPHA fraternity, an organization he supported for over
    65 years.  
    After he passed the bar exam, Jerry and Anne were married on August 4, 1956. He and three
    friends set up a law office, Butler, Mills, Mitsunaga and Ross in Salt Lake City. After a couple
    of years, they disbanded and Jerry joined the US Air Force.  
    Jerry was a true warrior serving his nation during the Korean War and the Vietnam War as a
    member of the US Army Reserves (4 yrs) and then in the US Air Force (26 yrs).  His time in the
    Armed Forces included being stationed in Utah, Arkansas, Japan, Maine, New Jersey, Virginia,
    Philippines, California, and his final duty station at the Pentagon in Washington DC. Highlights
    of his career included being accepted to New York University and in 1969 receiving a degree in
    International Law (He was certified to try cases in the US Supreme Court) that facilitated him
    being assigned to work the US Vietnam prisoner of war issues, serving as the legal advisor to the
    US Ambassador of the Philippines and helping to negotiate the Panama Canal Treaty.  He retired
    in 1985 as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He proudly earned the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service
    Medal, and the Joint Service and Air Force Commendation Medals.
    Jerry's two favorite callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints were serving in
    the Elders Quorum Presidency and teaching Gospel Doctrine classes.
    Jerry was a strong supporter of those who serve and have served as members of the Armed
    Services.  In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate donations be made in his name,
    Lt Col Jerry Butler, to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
    A Celebration of his Life Memorial Service will be held on 10 October 2020.  A viewing starts
    at 1:00pm with the service starting at 2:00pm at Larkin Sunset Lawns, 2350 E 1300 S, Salt Lake
    City, UT 84108.


    Anne and family,
    We are sincerely saddened to hear of Jerry's passing.
    We first met Jerry in the late 80s when we volunteered for "Wool on a Small Scale" at Utah State University. We were inspired by his energy, enthusiasm and support of Anne's love and interest in the Fiber Arts.
    In later contacts with Jerry we were always impressed by his knowledge, in so many areas, and by his willingness to share that knowledge and to always continue learning. To us he is the epitome of a 'learned gentleman.'
    With love
    Bob and Jenny

    - Bob and Jenny King

    Anne, so sorry to hear about your loss of your husband. My prayers are with you.

    - Maryam shireman

    Rich,. I'm sorry fro your lost.

    - Janilyn Pierson

    I am so sorry, Anne, for your loss. This Covid thing has given me time to think about the people in my life who influenced me to go to College. I worked under Jerry at Loring AFB, Maine from 1965 to 1967 (I am now 76) in Household good claims and Hospital Recovery cases. He was a very hard working, articulate, explained things to me, gave good advice and loved his family. You probably don't remember me but I remember his love for snowmobiles while in Maine, and (don't fault me for this) but as I recall you had the prettiest blue eyes; and I think one of your kids did, too. So God Bless you as you think about many happy memories of Jerry and may he now rest in peace. God Bless!

    - Gerry Traenkenschuh