Tom was born at home on West Pikes Peak Avenue in Colorado Springs to Michael J. Butler and Beulah (Lolcama) Butler. He passed away in Quartzsite, AZ, while at home being cared for by his wife of 51 years, Judith (Swanigan) Butler. Tom and Judy met in Washington D.C. where he was with the F.B.I. When the opportunity presented itself, due to job situations, they returned to Tom's home town of Cripple Creek. A number of months were spent in Cripple Creek, including being the "extra cop" during the summer. In September 1964, he joined the Colorado Springs Police Department where he served for 26 years, retiring as a (Sgt) homicide detective. Tom would be referred to by his fellow officers as "A hell of a good cop who served the community with pride."--the ultimate compliment for their profession. He was a long time member and past President of the Police Protective Association, and served on the Honor Guard. Following his retirement from the CSPD, and a short "vacation," Tom was back to work again, spending some years with the RAP delivery service. When he decided he could "really" retire, he and Judy pulled up their roots and became full time RVers, finally settling in Quartzsite, AZ where wonderful friendships developed. These were a wonderful support during the 1 1/2 years of Tom's illness. Both long time and lesser time friends were amazing. Tom and Judy raised and he is survived by 3 sons, Thomas Michael of FL, Scott of CA and Robert of Colorado Springs, as well as a grandson, Zachary of AZ. Also surviving are grandchildren Olivia and Sam of CA, brother Ron (CSPD retired) and sister Bonnie King of Colorado Springs, nephews, nieces and more friends than could possibly be mentioned. Everyone has been an important part of Tom's life. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother "Bill." Memorial services are being planned for the summer--to be determined at a later date. Online condolences to http://obits.gazette.com/obituaries/gazette/
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Published in The Gazette on Jan. 27, 2013