CENTERVILLE, Utah — Lee W. Buttars, 91, passed away, Sunday, April 24, 2011.He was born Dec. 5, 1919 at Clarkston, Utah, the son of David Alexander and Rosetta Loosle Buttars. He grew up on the family farm and from an early age assisted his father and brothers with farming chores.
He graduated from North Cache High School in 1938. He earned his B.S. degree in Agriculture with a minor in chemistry from Utah State Agricultural College (USU) in 1948.
Lee served an LDS mission to the Western United States from 1941 to 1943, serving mostly in Wyoming and South Dakota.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. As part of the 29th Infantry Division he entered Europe with the second wave just after “D Day.” He was captured October, 1944, in Germany and held as a prisoner of war. Lee was honorably discharged Nov. 23, 1945.
On Jan. 24, 1949, Lee married Theo Fayone Griffiths in the Logan LDS Temple. In October of 1956 the family relocated to Blackfoot where Lee was employed for close to 30 years with the Atomic Energy Commission as a scientist.
Lee enjoyed gardening and sharing his produce. He was generous and an example to his family and friends. He loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed the outdoors. His favorite family vacation was Yellowstone National Park.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served with dedication in many callings during his life including bishopric counselor and faithful home teacher. For many years he served as Scoutmaster. He was awarded the Silver Beaver Award. He and his wife served in the Ventura California Mission. He served in the Idaho Falls Temple as an officiator for over 15 years; this was one of his most cherished callings.
In 2002 he suffered a debilitating stroke. Later they moved to Centerville, Utah. Since that time, his loving wife and dedicated family cared for him. For the last two years of his life he resided at the Life Care Center.
Lee is survived by his wife, Theo, of 62 years, and five children, Janet (Steve) Folster, (Currently serving in the Budapest, Hungary Mission); Nolan (Brenda) Buttars, Annette (Roger) Newman, Juanita (James) Bowman and Jeffrey (Tiernae) Buttars, 22 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren, Lee was preceded in death by his parents and his 11 brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 29, 2011, at the Porter Lane 3rd Ward, 437 West Porter Lane, Centerville. Friends and family may call Thursday from 6 -8 pm at the Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main or Friday from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at the church prior to services.
Interment will be in the Clarkston, Utah, Cemetery.
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