William C. Butler Jr.


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William C. Butler Jr.

September 13, 1920 – February 8, 2016


A Chapel service will be held on Saturday, February 13, at Frye Chapel and Mortuary at 10 a.m. with Jimmie Spellins officiating. Visitation is Friday, February 12 at Frye Chapel and Mortuary from 6-9 p.m. Burial Date will be Saturday, February 13 at Riverview Mortuary after the service.

William C. Butler Jr. was born in DeQueen, Arkansas to Ollie Parker and William C. Butler Sr.

He grew up helping his family by working on the farm, harvesting cotton and strawberries and helping his dad with logging.

After going to school, he joined the Army in 1943.  In 1944, he decided to adventure to California and stopped in Brawley for a short visit and ended up meeting the love of his life, Mary Estrada.  They married January 11, 1946 in Yuma, Arizona, and settled in Calipatria, where he worked on delivering ice and driving tractors.

They moved to Brawley in 1948 so that he could start working on cars.  He loved working on any type of vehicle, so he never had any problems finding work.  He retired after 40 years being a mechanic from Del Norte Chevy and Olds.

Throughout his whole life, he continued to work in his garden, was always fixing things with his hands, and helping out whenever needed.

On his days off and vacations, he was always taking his family to the mountains for camping and fishing.  He loved his family so much and will always be remembered as a great husband, dad, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather.  We love you Dad and you will always be in our hearts.


William is preceded in death by his father William C. Butler Sr., his mother, Ollie Parker, his sisters, Maxine Godwin and Ferrell Lovell, his brother, J.W. Butler, and his grandson, Christopher Valadez.


His survivors include his loving wife of 70 years, Mary Butler, his daughters, Linda A. Valadez, Barbara J. O’Brien (Paul), his five grandchildren, David O’Brien (Monica), Kelly O’Brien, Kristina Valadez-Gloria (David), Kimberly Valadez-Gomez (Art), Allison O’Brien, three great-grandchildren, Greysen Valadez-Gloria, Jacob Gloria, Gabi Scott (Trey), great-great-grandchild, Lala Scott, and numerous nieces and nephews.