"I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith"|
ODESSA Clyde R. Butter, Sr. died Sunday, February 24, 2013, at MCH after a lengthy illness. He was born in Sheldon, Texas, on September 20, 1930, and educated in Humble, Texas, and at the University of Houston. While a college student, Mr. Butter discovered his love of broadcasting with a brief position at a local radio station. Mr. Butter served our country in the Navy during the Korean War, and following his service, began his broadcasting career in earnest. Over the course of his career, Clyde Butter became a radio, television, and stage personality who owned and managed local radio station KRIL. In addition, Mr. Butter was a prolific writer who authored and had published four books after being diagnosed with cancer in 2007.
He was an active follower of politics and an avid participant on state and local levels. In the early 1960's, he ran for the Texas House of Representatives. Later, Clyde ran for Reader for the Texas House of Representatives, and he was selected by unanimous vote of the House members. As a pioneer and innovator in radio broadcasting, while in Austin he founded Capital Broadcast News, the first broadcast news service in the Texas state capital. At KRIL, Clyde interviewed local and state politicians. He authored national stories for CBS News and appeared on national television broadcasts such as "60 Minutes."
Mr. Butter was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ethel Butter. From his father, he acquired a love for the outdoors, building, and working with his hands. His school teacher mother taught Clyde an appreciation for classical literature and the arts. Also preceding him in death were beloved pets, Newshound and Chickie, from whom he learned about survival and zest for living regardless of the obstacles and that love comes in many forms.
Clyde is survived by his wife of 23 years, Charlene Butter, of Odessa, Texas; four sons: Dr. Donovan Butter and fiancée Rita Bell of Cibolo, Texas, Minister/Missionary Michael Butter of Pensacola, Florida, Reverend Clyde R. Butter, Jr. and wife Susie of Pleasanton, Texas, and Michael Cameron and wife Amber of Montgomery, Alabama; two brothers: Donovan Butter and wife Sylvia of Houston, Texas, and James Robert "Bob" Butter and wife Carol Ann of Fayetteville, Arkansas; seven grandchildren: Matthew, Haley, Valerie, Andrea, and Natalie Butter, Chris Holman, Lillian Beatrice Cameron; nine great-grandchildren: Andrew, Aaron, and Ava Butter; Hallie, Jacob, and Caleb Bates; Christopher and Riley Holman; Lily Huth; and feline companion, Mei.
The family would like to give thanks to the advertisers, listeners, and fans of KRIL Radio Station, purchasers of Clyde's books, Dr. Abdul Kadir, the Veterans Administration System, Dr. Kaczor, Dr. George, and the staff of West Texas Cancer Center, West Texas Parkinson's Association, West Texas Writers, Nurses Unlimited Staff, all those who visited Clyde, and all friends from the Lutheran Church of the Risen Lord.
Visitation will begin at noon Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Lutheran Church of the Risen Lord. Memorial services follow at 1:00 PM with Dr. Jimmy Braswell, Pastor Fred Jensen and Pastor Larry Hood officiating. Internment will occur at a later date at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Risen Lord in Clyde Butter's name.
Services entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
Published in Odessa American on Mar. 1, 2013