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 Leon Edgar Butler

Leon Edgar Butler

Sandy, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 10 Oct 1940 (aged 40)
Sandy, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
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Memorial ID 126758 · View Source
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Deseret News


A school bus today claimed – in a non-traffic accident – the life of a Jordan High School faculty member, Leon E. Butler, 40, of Sandy.

Mr. Butler, a teacher of auto mechanics and assistant superintendent of transportation in charge of school buses at Jordan High School, was run over by a Jordan district bus driven by Gilbert Benson, school bus driver, also of Sandy, according to Chief Deputy Sheriff George Beckstead, who investigated.

The fatal accident occurred on the school grounds near the shops at about 10 a.m. after the two men had cleaned the carburetor of the bus, Mr. Beckstead reported. Benson, apparently, was gunning the motor to test the carburetor, while Mr. Butler kneeled on the ground at the rear of the bus to listen to the function of the motor through the exhaust pipe. The bus suddenly lurched and the wheels rolled over Mr. Butler's head and shoulders, killing him almost instantly.

Justice of the Peace Ray White pronounced the death accidental.

Mr. Butler had been connected with the school since 1917.

A Salt Lake General Hospital ambulance took the body to the Deseret Mortuary.

According to Deputy Sheriff Weston Thomander, who also investigated, two eye-witnesses, LaCoy Wardell, 19 of Riverton, and LaMar Green, 17, both mechanics in the school shops, said that Mr. Butler and Benson had been driving the bus back and forth testing the carburetor. They saw Mr. Butler climb out of the cab to listen to the exhaust and heard him shout something to Mr. Benson. The bus moved in reverse and ran over Mr. Butler, crushing his skull.

Mr. Benson said that after Mr. Butler go out to listen to the exhaust he heard him shout, "Okay, gun it back". "I backed," said Mr. Benson, "and felt a slight impact but had no idea I had run over Mr. Butler."

(Story courtesy of Kris da Rosa)




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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 126758
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Leon Edgar Butler (13 May 1900–10 Oct 1940), Find A Grave Memorial no. 126758, citing Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Anne (contributor 46788213) .