Lighting rod former state Sen. Chris Buttars dies at 76

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  • Rebel ,
    Sept. 12, 2018 11:39 a.m.

    My family moved to Utah in 2005 and Mr. Buttars quickly became my favorite legislator in Utah.
    As of yet no one has become his equal to me. A great man has moved on to a better place. I so wish other legislators would move upward to his level.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 11:33 a.m.

    Someone said he was married to Gayle Ruzicka...is this true?

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Sept. 12, 2018 11:16 a.m.

    Luckily his attempts to keep Utah in the 1950s were only partially successful. But they greatly hurt our reputation as a state.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 9:45 a.m.

    Buttars hated socialism but he made sure he was in the legislature for 10 years, which is exactly how long you need to be a legislator to ensure you get free healthcare for life, paid for by the taxpayers.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 8:12 a.m.

    He was stuck and set in his intolerant ways, but every legislature needs an antagonist.

  • Utah Observer West Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 12, 2018 7:44 a.m.

    We mourn the passing of our good friend and neighbor. Those of us who knew him best, cherish and honor his life of many good deeds and service that benefited many. He struggled mightily with poor health for many years but carried on and was a great example to his family, friends and neighbors.

  • LeftCoastUte Sandy, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 6:38 a.m.

    Appreciate the tone and kindness of Equality Utah statement. History will not be as kind to Sen. Buttars' legacy.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 9:31 p.m.

    Sen. Buttars spoke truth to power even when not popular. He took on political correctness from the Democrats and moral cowardice among the GOP.

    RIP sir. Condolences to your loved ones. We've lost a good one.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Sept. 11, 2018 9:08 p.m.

    I thought it would be appropriate to pass along the remarks of Troy Williams of Equality Utah who noted the "difficult emotions" of the LGBTQ community at the passing of Chris Buttars.

    “His words and actions often targeted and maligned our families. In so doing, however, he inadvertently motivated us to work harder, live bolder and organize smarter,” Williams said. "With his passing, we recognize that the world is changing, and we hold the hope that old adversaries will become future friends. To that end, we wish the Buttars family peace and kindness as they mourn.”

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 7:53 p.m.

    There's an old adage about not speaking ill of the dead, so I won't. It should be noted that he was a "champion of drug rehab". Yeah, because he owned drug rehab centers.