"Home at Last"
Our loving silver-haired Daddy, age 70, passed away surrounded by his loving family, and in the arms of his sweetheart of 49 years, Sept. 21, 2003 after a 36 year struggle with Parkinson"s disease.
Although the disease took his life, it never stopped him from living it. He served in the U.S. Navy and then worked at Cottonwood Hospital for 25 years, retiring as the Admin. Engineer. Being diagnosed at age 34, he raised a family of seven, always taking them to the outdoors that he loved so dearly. He loved hunting, hiking, fishing and taking his kids water skiing, but most of all spending time at the Cabin with their dear friends, Una and George.
Dean, was born April 7, 1933 to Ella Maude Smith and Ray Owen Butcher. He graduated from South High School where he was a member of the R.O.T.C. and Stage Crew. On May 28, 1954 he married Wanema Marie Chivers Butcher in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they made their home in Kearns, Herriman and South Jordan before moving to Vernal, Utah. He served as Secretary for the Elders Quorum, Young Mens Leader, Genealogy chairman, Scout Leader, and as a worker in the Jordan River Temple.
He is survived by his wife, Wanema, three sons and three daughters: Acael Ray (Vicky) Butcher, Olympia, WA; (Glade) LaDean Coon, Erda, UT; (Doug) Loretta Stewart, Layton, UT; (Rex) Loa Dawn Ledbetter, Riverton; Dennis (Joyce) Butcher, Richfield; Arnold (Jerra) Butcher, Layton; son-in-law, Gene Smith Hubert, NC; 31 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sister, Elaine Summerhays, Bellview, WA.
Preceded in death by parents; two infant brothers; two daughters, Cheryl Ann Butcher and Linda Ann Smith; grandson, A J Collings.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 26, 2003, 11 a.m. at the South Jordan Country Park Stake Center (2447 West 11400 South). Friends and family may call Thursday, 6-8 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road and Friday at the church one hour prior. Interment, South Jordan City Cemetery.