Obituary: BUTTERFIELD, GEORGE

Published: Friday, Aug. 22 2014 8:24 p.m. MDT

George Jefferson Butterfield, Jr. (Jeff) Together Again

Jeff Butterfield, 90, of Cedar Fort, passed away peacefully on June 10, 2011 of causes incident to age. He was born in Herriman, Utah on July 10, 1920. He was the oldest son and third child of George Jefferson Sr, and Ellen Lundell Butterfield. He married Alena Calton on June 24, 1955 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She passed away on March 23, 2003. We are sure that it was a celebration when Dad stepped into eternity to be greeted by Mom, his parents, and grandson Tyler Butterfield. His siblings Lucy, Maurine, Rex, Wallace, Grace, Grant, Edna, and Hyrum would have been there, as well as many other friends and relatives who were already on the other side. What a joy to be released from the physical body that would no longer get him from one place to another. Dad was a member of the LDS Church and that defined his life. He served in a bishopric and in High Priest Group leaderships, but mostly he was a faithful home teacher who lived the gospel because it was the right thing to do. He wrote letters to many missionaries and sent hundreds of birthday cards. He and Mom spent one summer serving as missionaries at the Provo Temple, a calling they dearly loved. Dad attended the temple faithfully for as long as he was able in the later years of his life. Dad attended school through the Sixth Grade and then began herding sheep to help out with family finances. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II, and worked and retired from the Tooele Army Depot. He was the custodian at the Cedar Fort Chapel for many years. Dad was always a hard working man who loved to help others. He did not need praise, power, or money to be happy. We will forever remember the way he took such good care of Mom in the last years of her life. He is survived by children: Michael (RaeVone) and Claudia (David) Rose, both of Cedar Fort; and Valerie (George) Stermer of Richfield. Dad will miss his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by siblings: Ervin, Verl, Bob, Herschel, and Lola, sister-in-law Juanita Butterfield and brother-in-law Moyle Dorius. Dad is also survived by the loving staff at Greenwood's Assisted Living Center in Lehi who became our adopted siblings as they cared for Dad in the kindest way during the last 16 months of his life. We express gratitude to 1st Choice Home Health Care and Hospice. We also pay tribute to Dr. Douglas Mower and many other doctors and nurses who cared for Dad. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Cedar Fort Ward Chapel, Cedar Fort, Utah. Friends and family may attend a viewing on Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Wing Mortuary, 118 East Main in Lehi, Utah, and also Tuesday at the church one hour prior to services. Interment will be in the Cedar Fort Cemetery with military honors by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Online guestbook at wingmortuary.com.