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John A "Johnny" Butts
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Birth: May 20, 1944
Madison County
Idaho, USA
Death: Jun. 3, 2011
Madison County
Idaho, USA

John A. Butts, 67, of St. Anthony, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at Madison Memorial Hospital from congestive heart failure.

Johnny was born May 20, 1944, in Rexburg to Alma "Tink" Butts and Valeria Harries Butts. He grew up in Teton and graduated from South Fremont High School, where he was an avid football player. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1963, where he did two tours in Vietnam. When he returned in 1967, he continued his education at Ricks College and graduated from Idaho State University in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

John then started his African experience, where he met and married his "soul mate," Marie Peterson. He started with the Peace Corps in Lesotho, Southern Africa, where he worked on agricultural credit programs, improving the efficiency of farming methods. Following his Peace Corps experience, he was a private contractor on various agricultural projects for U.S. Aid to International Development and Citizen's Energy in the African countries of Cameroon, Sudan and Nigeria.

He returned to the U.S. in 1990 to care for parents and renew his connections with family and friends. He continued his interest in breeding, raising and racing quarter horses. He worked for Housley's Pumps and spent many an evening, after being with his horses, at Russell's Junction Service, where he discussed and shared ideas and experiences with his friends. John loved animals and shared his life with two African grey parrots and always had a dog or two. He enjoyed fishing and hunting with family and friends, reading, writing, photography and storytelling. John was an advocate for education. He believed that if you could read, you could pursue your dreams. He wrote throughout his life, and during this last year, he focused on completing a book of short stories.

John is survived by his wife, Marie E. Peterson-Butts; son and daughter-in-law, Marty and Melinda Quayle of St. Anthony; grandchildren, John Remington and Rylee Ann Quayle of St. Anthony; sisters, Cindy (Jeff) Siddoway of Terreton and Geraldine Severe of Pendleton, Ore.; and nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Kathleen Moon.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at Bert Flamm Mortuary, 581 E. First North in St. Anthony. Burial will be in Teton-Newdale Cemetery, with military rites. 
Teton-Newdale Cemetery
Madison County
Idaho, USA
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Record added: Jun 04, 2011
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John was a fantastic "uncle" to us travelers and volunteers in the late '70s in the Cameroon. I will remember him well. RIP.
- Eddie Frank
 Added: Apr. 12, 2012
Thank you for your service to Peace. (Peace Corps Lesotho, Southern Africa).
- Mark Frazier
 Added: Dec. 4, 2011
Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace.
- Barb
 Added: Jun. 12, 2011

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