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 Eliot Andrew Butler

Eliot Andrew Butler

Birth
Snowflake, Navajo County, Arizona, USA
Death 19 Jan 2012 (aged 85)
Provo, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Bluffdale, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot Site D 297
Memorial ID 100007654 · View Source
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VETERAN
WORLD WAR II

Eliot Andrew Butler died January 19, 2012, at his home in Provo, Utah. He was born February 13, 1926, in Snowflake, Arizona, to David and Jennie Maxwell Butler. From them he learned the virtue and necessity of hard work, as he milked the cow and mucked out her corral, slopped the hogs, fed the chickens and chopped wood for the kitchen stove. He attended elementary schools in Snowflake and in Provo, and high school in Snowflake.
At an early age he determined to study chemistry at California Institute of Technology. His enrollment there was delayed for three years by military service during World War II-but without the benefits of the GI Bill received because of that, he could not have achieved that goal.

He interrupted his education to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Canadian Mission. He made lifelong friends with those he met there-none more important than Anna Mae Hughes, of Los Angeles, California, a fellow missionary. That friendship turned into romance, and he and Ann were married in the Arizona Temple on September 17, 1949, shortly after his return from Canada, and just a few weeks before the beginning of his sophomore year at Caltech.

In 1956 Eliot joined the Chemistry Department at Brigham Young University. For most of his 35 years in that department he taught freshman chemistry to majors, providing a rigorous introduction to college chemistry to thousands of students. He expected excellence from his students and demanded no less from himself. His time at the University included service as chairman of the Chemistry Department, Dean of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, and Associate Academic Vice President.

After retirement in 1991, Eliot and Ann spent many years in service to their Church and fellowman, serving three missions in the Philippines and one in New Jersey. They also spent a semester teaching English at Qingdao University in China.

Eliot is survived by his wife, Ann, and their four children, Gail (Dennis) Cardon, of Cumming, Georgia, Anita (Kim) Ovard, of Minden, Nevada, Mark (Deanna) Butler, of Brooklyn, New York, and Lee (Wendy) Butler of University Heights, Ohio, and by 19 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother David Maxwell Butler and his sister Myrlene Butler Rogers.

Eliot is also survived by thousands whom he influenced in his professional and church service.

He sought to live up to his own definition of the educated person-one who "by his or her own initiative and discipline is consciously, vigorously, and continuingly learning." He read widely, found joy in fine woodworking and photography, and served faithfully, whether presiding over a ward or a mission or advising a quorum of deacons. He took seriously his callings, in family, church, and at the university, but never took himself seriously.

Friends may call Friday, January 27, 2008, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the church located at 2900 N 650 E, Provo. A memorial service will be held at the church located at 3050 Mojave Lane, Provo, on Saturday, January 28, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.

-Source: Deseret News, 22 Jan 2012.


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  • Created by: Annie Duckett Hundley
  • Added: 1 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100007654
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eliot Andrew Butler (13 Feb 1926–19 Jan 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100007654, citing Utah State Veterans Memorial Park, Bluffdale, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Annie Duckett Hundley (contributor 47394373) .