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Earl "Butch" Butler

Resident of Campbell

69, passed away December 21,2011 of health complications at Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center in Santa Clara, California. Earl was born September 27th, 1942, in Austin, Minnesota to George and Evelyn Butler. Earl graduated Austin High School, where he played on the Varsity Basketball Team. Butler later attended Austin Community College majoring in Business Administration and continuing his basketball career. Butch married his high school sweetheart, Mary Lou, and in 1969 Earl moved with his family from Austin, Minnesota to San Jose, California. In 2006 Earl moved from San Jose to Campbell, California.

Earl was an avid sports fan, basketball being his favorite. It taught him the meaning of teamwork and a winning competitive attitude. Only second to his devotion to his family was his love for charity work. Earl was responsible for thousands of fundraising carnivals, was the leader in funding numerous public and private academic scholarship programs, donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to local 4-H organizations and many other charitable endeavors, too numerous to name.

Earl Butler, with his parents founded Butler Amusements, Inc. in 1970. Through his unbelievable charisma and compassion his company became the largest carnival on the West Coast. He served as President and CEO of his family owned and operated business which provides the carnival for 34 fairs and over 80 other events and festivals operating over 140 rides. Through his ambition and uncanny ability to create a tight knit culture and family atmosphere he created a legacy that will carry on for generations.

His creativity and innovative skills have made him one of the most respected carnival industry leaders in the nation. He was honored to be inducted into the Western Fairs Hall of Fame at the association's 2005 convention in recognition of his outstanding service to the industry and the countless fairs where he provided the carnival. He was one of the strongest voices in promoting improved carnival ride safety and game legislation in California. He served in many leadership capacities, including President of the Showfolks of America, Showmen's League of America, and Pacific Coast Showmen's League, Service Member Director of the Western Fairs Association, member of the Board of Directors for Preferred Amusement Risk and chairman of its Loss Prevention Committee.

Earl Butler is survived by daughters Tami Quint, Los Banos, CA, Kelley Butler, Stevinson, CA, Kris Brajevich, San Jose, CA Jill Moyer, Morgan Hill, CA, and his son Sean Butler-Murphy, Campbell, CA. His grandchildren: Amanda Brache Guy, Marissa Brache, Kyle Quint, Nathan Keys, Brittany Martinez, Michelle Brajevich, Dylan Brajevich, Jake Brajevich, Sydney Lou Brajevich, Kristopher Moyer, Canon Moyer, and Nolan Moyer. Great grandchildren: Aiden Keys, Devyn Keys, Isaiah Brache Guy and Nevaeh Brache. His is also survived by his sister Colleen Swank, Acampo, CA. Earl was preceded in death by his daughter Teri Sue and his parents George and Evelyn Butler.

Services on January 2, 2012 there will be a viewing at the Oak Hills Funeral Home from Noon to 5 p.m. followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m. Address of Oak Hills Funeral Home: 300 Curtner Ave. San Jose, CA 95214. On January 3, 2012 Earl "Butch" Butler's funeral will be held at St. Christopher's Church at 1 p.m. Address of St. Christopher's Church, 1576 Curtner Ave., San Jose, CA 95125. Reception will follow the funeral, additional details will be available at Funeral.

The family asks, that in lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to one of the following Association's Scholarship Fund (checks should be made to the respective organization fund) Pacific Coast Showmen's Association Scholarship Fund, Mailing address: Pacific Coast Showmen's Association Scholarship Fund c/o Tony Guadagno, 1242 Valley View Street #103, Garden Grove, CA 92845 or Showfolks of America Scholarship Fund Mailing address: Showfolks of America Scholarship Fund, c/o Sam Johnston, P.O. Box 294079, Sacramento, CA 95829.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Dec. 23, 2011
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