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Thomas Michael Butler


1945 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Thomas Michael Butler Obituary
Nov. 7, 1945 ~ Aug. 14, 2014
Tom Butler, loving husband, devoted father, dedicated grandfather, caring brother, and chairman of Teleflora, went to be with the Lord after a courageous battle with cancer.
Tom was born in Detroit to John and Eleanor Butler, along with his sister, Maureen, and brother, John.
In 1967, Tom graduated from Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. Tom taught English and coached basketball and football at St. Rita Catholic School. After teaching, Tom began working at FTD where he held a variety of senior positions, including director of the International Division. He served as the vice president of sales and marketing for Syndicate Sales in Kokomo, IN. In 1985, he joined American Floral Services based in Oklahoma City as executive vice president and then became president. In 2000, he led the successful merger of AFS and Teleflora, making Teleflora the world's largest flower delivery service and became chairman.
Tom served as World President of Teleflora International, Chairman of the American Floral Endowment, Chair of the AFE Development Committee, Trustee on the AFE Board, Member of: American Academy of Florists; Professional Floral Communicators International; Society of American Florists (Past Board of Directors). Additionally he was a member of numerous national and state floral associations.
Recipient of SAF's Hall of Fame Award and Paul Ecke Jr. Award, Florida State Florists' Association Hall of Fame Award, Lifetime Achievement Award and Place in the Sun Award, Michigan State Florist Association Award of National Industry Service, Michigan Floral Foundation Hall of Fame Award, Arkansas State Florists' Association Distinguished Service Award and Oklahoma State Florists' Hall of Fame Award.
Tom traveled the world and made many friends whom he considered part of his extended family. He always made sure to take photos of them and send them copies. He lived by the motto, which he hung upon his wall, "Don't lie, don't cheat, don't make promises you can't keep". His most cherished title was GaGa to his grandchildren, Cole and McKenna. He thrived watching them grow up and loved to brag about their life firsts, goals scored, and academic achievements.
Tom is survived by his wife, Becky, her two sons Cameron Stark, Dustin Stark and his wife, Evin; his daughter, Amy Brumby, her husband, Lyol, and two grandchildren, Cole Thomas and McKenna MaryJo; his sister, Maureen Frahm, her husband, Ken, his brother, John, his wife, Linda, and their families; his aunts and cousins. Tom is preceded in death by his parents; his previous wife, Jo; grandparents, aunts and uncles.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. John Ward and the staff at the Huntsman Cancer Institute for all of their care. Also, many thanks to the doctors and nurses at University Hospital for ensuring the attentive care and comfort of Tom.
Tom loved flowers and the American Floral Endowment. In honor of Tom, please send flowers to someone you love.
Memorial Services will be held at St. Luke's United Methodist Church at 222 NW 15TH ST. in Oklahoma City, September 9, 2014 at 10 a.m.
Interment will take place at a later date in Salt Lake City.
Please go to www.larkincares.com/obituaries if you want to leave a personal message about Tom for the family and to view the obituary online.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Aug. 24, 2014
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