Roy Butler

Roy Butler, Austin’s mayor from 1971 to 1975, died about 2:30 this afternoon from complications related to a fall last weekend, a family friend said. Butler, 83, broke two vertebrae in the fall and had been in critical condition at University Medical Center Brackenridge, according to a spokeswoman for the Seton Family of Hospitals. Butler served on the Austin school board for nine years before being elected mayor in 1971. He received almost 44,000 votes when he was re-elected to a second two-year term in 1973 — still the record for the most votes any candidate for Austin mayor has received. Aside from his service on the council, Butler has owned several successful businesses, among them a Lincoln-Mercury car dealership, a beer distributorship and the KVET and KASE radio stations. The City of Austin recently named a police training academy after Butler because of his longtime support of and advocacy for law enforcement issues. He is survived by his wife, Ann, and three children.

Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 13 to Nov. 18, 2009