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Myron Thomas Butler

September 4, 1934 — April 29, 2023

Myron Thomas Butler
September 4, 1934 – April 29, 2023

Myron Thomas Butler, age 88, passed away on April 29, 2023 at his home in Lakeside, Arizona. He was born September 4, 1934 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Ed and Myrtle (Van Ausdal) Butler.

When he was nine years old, Myron moved from Utah to Fresno, California, and graduated from Fresno High School in 1952, where he performed on clarinet and saxophone in the marching band. After high school, he worked many jobs, from pumping gas, to laying tiles, to apprentice engineer at Lockheed Martin Corp, manufacturing planes. In 1961 he discovered his true calling behind the wheel. For the next 30+ years he was a bus driver for Fresno City and Greyhound, and then drove 18-wheelers for Swift Transportation. Even after retirement, he worked in retail for a few years.

In 1953, Myron married Hazel Jane Haley in Reno, Nevada. In 1980, they relocated their family from California to Arizona. They enjoyed nearly 49 years of marriage before Jane passed away in 2002. Myron was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved singing in the choir. He was always busy with a variety of projects, from skilled woodworking to landscaping, and enjoyed both traveling and collecting model cars and clocks.

Myron was preceded in death by his wife, Jane; his son, Darryl Butler and stepson, Joel Stringer; his parents, Ed and Myrtle Butler; and all ten of his older siblings.

In 2003, Myron married Kathryn Stringer in Snowflake, Arizona. They made their home in Lakeside, Arizona, for almost twenty years.

Myron is survived by his wife, Kathryn, of Lakeside, Arizona; his daughters, Mary (Mark) Carter of Lakeside, Arizona, and Karla (Steve) Nogafsky of Mesa, Arizona; his sons LeRoy (Lori) Butler of Peoria, Arizona, and Jeff (Dana) Butler of Longview, Texas; his daughter-in-law, Tamera Butler (widow of Darryl); his stepdaughters, Elizabeth (Bill) Pearch of Eagle River, Alaska, and Rebecca (Dylan) McKinstry of Snowflake, Arizona; his stepsons, Christopher Stringer of SeaTac, Washington, Donald Stringer of Hawaii, and Matthew (Catherine) Stringer of Corona, California; and his stepdaughter-in-law Cathryn Stringer (widow of Joel); as well as 31 grandchildren, 20 step-grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. He’s also survived by dozens of nieces and nephews and other relatives.

A memorial and luncheon will be held on Saturday, May 6, at 11:00 a.m. in the LDS Church located at 1520 Church Lane in Lakeside, Arizona.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the many people who helped during this difficult time. You know who you are. Thank you!


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Saturday, May 6, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Mountain (no DST) time)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

1520 Church Lane, Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ 85929

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