Paul Anthony Butkovich
1950 - 2013
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Park City- Paul Anthony Butkovich, 62, of Park City Utah died Saturday March 30th, 2013 at his home in Utah. Paul was born May 26th, 1950 in Oakland California, the son of Marion "Joe" Butkovich and Florence Burns. He spent the early years of his life in Alaska and California while his father was in the Navy. In his late teens and early 20's Paul lived in Hawaii where he witnessed the epic waves from the storm of 1969.
After returning to the mainland Paul met April Gorter, with whom he had his son Zeth. The two shared a love of freedom and peace. Although they split, they continued to love their son and 32 years later reconciled in friendship.
Paul was a master carpenter who not only restored his historic home in Old Town, but also worked on countless homes in the area. Besides woodworking, Paul was a true lover of the outdoors. From surfing his interests spread upon moving to Utah in 1980, where he began cross country skiing, snowboarding, windsurfing, mountain biking and trail running.
Although he lived in different areas in Utah throughout his live, Park City was always his home, Sweeney's Trail was one of his favorites. He often hiked with his Jack Russell Terrier Altheia, who was his constant companion.
Paul loved going to see shows with any members from the Grateful Dead, and liked helping not only his friends but also strangers have a great time. Paul believed in a world of sharing and love, and dedicated his life to raising his son.
He loved his grandchildren most of all, and was the most loving Grandpa a child could wish for. He is survived by his grandchildren, Gwen and Finnegan Turner, whose innocence reminds us that we will all be with him again one day.
He awaits his family in Heaven; his mother Florence Burns, siblings Joanne Vasquez and David Butkovich, and his son Zeth Turner.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday April 13th at Mount Timpanogas Park in Provo Canyon at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Valley Mental Health.

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Published in The Park Record on Apr. 6, 2013.
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March 31, 2021
Paul is often in my thoughts and I love remembering all the good times we shared. He loved sailing with us. When we helped him build his kitchen for the Park City house in our shop in San Diego it was a good couple of weeks. Lots of laughs and stories. I miss my brother so much and wish he was still with us. But I like to feel that his spirit is with our mother and they are happy together.
March 31, 2020
Paul is often in Mike Carnahan and My thoughts. Paul was my neighbor for many years on Norfolk. the good ole days in P.C. He was always outside working on his house,firewood, or just random yard stuff. Later on Paul would go for walks in the hills with Mike and I with he's new furyfriend after Althea passed. Stella become his new companion. We had just gotten our new friend Zelda. We truly enjoyed our long hikes with him. Paul has been so missed. mike and I dedicated our green house to him, as he had given me many of the windows for it. We really mis that soul and every time we are in Chalk creek we have a toast to him. We go there often. He had thought about moving up there before he resided up in Timberlake.
I love ya Paul and thanks for being our friend. Your not forgotten my sweet friend Your always near.
Jenni Post
March 31, 2014
I Knew this time of year was coming. I sure miss my friend paul! He was dear to our hearts. He gave me all these windows and Mike and I made a really beautiful recycled green house. He was are first visitor in our new cabin up in the Windy ridge (Oakley) Paul had just bought his new place up in Timber Lakes. We where trying to get him to move by us. But Paul went to the other valley. I think of him much!!! Our green house is in memory of Paul.Mike and I are so lucky we got to spend a lot of time with him in the last few years. Thanks Paul You are truly missed..
Jenni Post & Mike Carnahan
March 30, 2014
Hard to believe it has been a year since Paul's passing. He remains in our thoughts and hearts. Thank you to all his friends who have shared their thoughts and love. His spirit lives on in all of us.
Joanne Vasquez
October 1, 2013
Eighteen years ago, my husband and I moved to Utah sight-unseen. As a very young couple with two large dogs, we had a challenging time finding a decent rental house. We drove as far as Morgan looking for a place we could call 'home.'

We found our home in Oakley -owned by Paul. It was a magnificent century year old brick home with intricate woodwork, an unfinished basement with a sump pump, and a grand apple tree in its backyard.

My husband and I treasure our memories living in Paul's rental home. During the 3-years in Oakley, Paul was a kind and considerate landlord.

Thank you Paul for sharing your home and kindness!
Alexandria Bullert
August 12, 2013
I completed my 5th Squaw Peak 50mile trail run in June. I dedicated the run to my Dad. John Bozung was wonderful and added the dedication to Paul on the Bibs. One of my best friends and I spread some of Paul's ashes on the course.

The finish was bitter sweet, for one my time was horribly slow! I miss you DAD. Thank you for showing me everything in life, introducing me to so many ways to find happiness. I will see you on the other side.
Zeth Turner
August 11, 2013
My wife and I met Paul at the Squaw Peak finish line 5 years ago. We spoke for maybe 5 minutes, about his dog and the trails I had just run. We walked away commenting about what nice guy he was. Upon reading his obituary, we remembered the pleasant few minutes we had with him, and were both saddened by his passing. I'm sure he is continuing to influence people for good, and hopefully getting out on the trails once in a while too. Best wishes to all his family and friends.....jon
July 2, 2013
I have dedicated my green house to Paul. He gave He was a kind soul and I always enjoyed are walks and talks in the woods together. I think of Paul everyday...I miss you Paul...
jenni post
July 1, 2013
Three months have passed. My mother, brother, David, niece, Dazie, Zadie and Ricardo shared our love for Paul tonight and sent him our aloha with a small ceremony. Gone from this life but in our hearts forever.
May 27, 2013
Memorial day has always marked the celebration of my Dad's birthday, May 26th. We would always try to go to Moab as something fun to do. When I was younger we were always in Mexico on his birthday....

I am sitting here at work, looking at the beautiful day, wishing I could spend it with him, outside.... Having fun.

How many of us out there who are missing him don't have a memory of being outside with my Dad? He loved to be outside.... working, playing.
My Dad was the hardest working, kindest, most loving person. He loved nature, animals and especially little children. He taught me everything that I like in myself when I take a look in the mirror. I always have thought that he saved my life, he raised me and did his best to make sure I turned out ok. I think there were times he was a little worried but I think it all turned out ok.

I am running a race this saturday, a race he taught me how to run,and I know he will be leading me on the climbs and chasing me on the descents.

I love you Dad. Thanks for everything.
Zeth Turner
May 26, 2013
Remembering my brother today on the day of his birth and everyday. So many wonderful times together. Wishing there could have been more but eternally grateful for the time we had. I cry, laugh, smile and am filled with love when I think of all he taught me and the experiences we shared. My big brother is in my heart always.
Joanne Vasquez
May 26, 2013
Sending much love, light & peace to Paul on his birthday today which he shares with my daughter Dazie (Paul's niece).
I remember the day Dazie was born and how excited our family was that she was born on Paul's birthday. Paul you are always in my heart wish we could be 63 together.
Susan Butkovich
May 7, 2013
I am so sorry. I met Paul many years ago when I dated Rich Perrier. I enjoyed seeing him and Althea on the trails and walking in the neighborhood. I will miss all our conversations. He is at peace now and hopefully has reunited with Rich who passed almost 10 years ago.
Cyndi Schwandt
May 2, 2013
Dear Son Paul, my love is with you now and always. Til we meet again, keep smiling. Mom
April 21, 2013
Sorry about your loss. I have many great memories of Paul. We had some great times together- skiing, boarding, biking, hiking, working. Well work wasn't quite as much fun.
Our prayers are with you.
Dick & Deb
Dick & Deb Walter
April 19, 2013
Thanks to my Dad's wonderful neighbors, his pets have found good homes, thank you so much! I was stressing about them, his animals were such a joy for him, I'm glad to know they will be loved.
Zeth Turner
April 18, 2013
Hi Zeth,

I just heard about your dad. I'm so sorry for your loss and I'm surrounding you with love. Xoxo
Hannah Mergner
April 17, 2013
I haven't had any luck in getting anyone to adopt Paul's pets. He has Stella, a 2 year old Jack Russell (great with kids, other dogs and decent with cats) and Dupree the cat (persian mix, really really cool). Bob is his other cat and may or may not still be around. The cats are living at his cabin still but the dog has been at my house in Orem and we just cannot keep her past the end of the week. If anyone can take Stella, even while we look for a permanent owner, please let me know. On Friday I will take her to a small animal (no kill) shelter.
zeth turner
April 16, 2013
I am glad I got to know you Paul. I wish it were under better circumstances! God speed good man!
Matthew Cassel
April 16, 2013
Paul was a trail buddy for me. I met him at the Dick Collins 50 and he agreed to pace me at the 2001 Western States 100. He joined me at the "Green Gate" and ran with me to the finish line in Auburn: My first Western States Buckle. Memories Forever ...
Marvin Snowbarger
April 15, 2013
Great memories of Paul and Altheia enjoying the trails and mountains that we all love...until we meet again...
Ron Remkes
April 14, 2013
I am so happy with yesterday's memorial for my wonderful dad Paul. Thank you everyone who was there in body and spirit. I know he is at peace and was smiling at us yesterday. May we all strive to be kind and adventurous in our lives to honor him. I will see you later Dad, thanks for everything, love Zeth.
Zeth Turner
April 14, 2013
We always had a martini the night before a race. And we martini's in some pretty strange bars to make this happen! Here's one to you Paul, I'm going to miss you out on the trails!
Ellen Ives
April 13, 2013
My deepest sympathies. Paul was always a joy to meet out on the trails, always with his little dog. His wisdom, kindness, and humor will be missed but fondly remembered.
Anita Fromm
April 13, 2013
I am there today in spirit
Peace, Light & Love to Paul
Susan Butkovich
April 13, 2013
Young Paul
Our thoughts and love are with you today. And always.
Joanne Vasquez
April 12, 2013
Your memories will live with us. You will be remembered and loved.
Nicole Butkovich
April 12, 2013
The early days
Nicole Butkovich Sharp
April 12, 2013
Just so everyone knows, you do not have to dress up tomorrow! My Dad would be happy to know we are comfortable, wear your tie dye, your running shoes, Paul loved you all for you...See you tomorrow and thanks! Zeth
zeth turner
April 10, 2013
Zeth and Family, Mike Carnahan and myself(Jen Post) are so sorry to hear of this sad news. Paul was a very good friend to us. Over the past few years we spoke daily and took walks with are new furry friends. Both Paul and us lost are dogs at the same time. We were there for each other during these hard times. We took long walks in the mountains and talked of are dear friends. During the past year we bought a new cabin and so did Paul.We tried to get together often.
Paul and myself were both longtime trail runners. We spent hours talking about trails and the love of Utah.
He would always come over and help Mike and I out and us the same.
We are not any where close to join Paul on Saturday. We are down on the island kitesurfing and we will go catch a wave for our dear friend.
We are at a loss... I know Paul is in a better place and we will forever keep Paul in our hearts. A.K.A. "pigpen"
Paul you are a dear friend and We will miss you... Mike Carnahan and Jen Post
April 10, 2013
Zeth I hope it comforts you to know that your grief is shared by all of us who knew your dad. He was a wonderful man and he will be sorely missed.
Mike & Di
April 10, 2013
Checking out the waves
Aloha, thank you all so much for sharing your memories and feelings about Paul. They are an great comfort to his mom and me. My heart aches with sadness but I know Paul's spirit is now at peace surrounded by the certainly of how much he was loved. Years ago I had a dream in which Paul unexpectedly came into the kitchen of our home on Maui. In the dream I turned from the sink and saw who it was and said simply " I love you". Paul has now gone thru the door where he can feel my ... our forever. I will miss my big brother forever. I will not be able to attend the celebration of Paul's life since I am taking care of our mom but I would like to send my aloha to you all.
Joanne Vasquez
April 9, 2013
ADIOS MY CROATION BROTHER! Zeth, not to worry....he escaped this planet but he will never escape our minds and hearts. Wheat
April 9, 2013
I only met him once but he was a very nice man - sorry for your lose
Marianna Sidwell
April 9, 2013
I have know Paul since grade school at St. Patrick's in San Diego! We shared life together......the birth of his son, trips to Mexico, and fantastic camping in Mexico, skiing in Park City. We send our love to Zeth and his grandchildren. Paul was honest, sincere and one of the best Dad's we ever knew!
'Til we meet again....we will remember him fondly.
Anni and Rocky Mallison
April 9, 2013
Zeth and family; I am so sorry to hear of Paul's passing. Lots of good times and some serious ones, too. He was such a compassionate person and was a special friend! Wishing you love and peace.
Fred Riemer
April 9, 2013
Mexico 1980 Costa Azul
It was with great saddness that Cynthia and I learned of Paul's passing. Paul and I first met in Hawaii almost 45 years ago. We shared countless adventures from surfing to Greatful Dead concerts in the Park and everything in between. Ramona was the next chapter where Paul,April and I shared life with chickens,pigs,cows,dogs, a burro and eventually Zeth. Surfing trips to Mexico were always part of annual spring adventures where we all camped on the beach for weeks waiting for the south swells. Next came Park City where the mountains were a backdrop for sports,hard work and many great friends. You were truely a brother to me and will always be in my heart and part of my soul. Ride hard Dude.
Jim & Cynthia Wickerink
April 8, 2013
Fare thee well my friend, may the four winds blow you safely home.
Mike Taylor
April 8, 2013
In the short time that I knew Paul I really enjoyed his spark and love of life, I miss him already. We shared the love of many things. Now he has tripped into the next part of the journey. Fare Thee well Paul.
Craig Alan Crandall
April 8, 2013
Paul has been my brother for 43 years and will always be a part of my heart.May his love live on for all of his friends & family. May he be in peace now. In memory of Paul-please listen to "Ripple"/Grateful Dead
Peace & Love
Susan Butkovich
Susan Butkovich
April 8, 2013
Dear Zeth and Family,
We are truly sorry to hear of Paul's passing. Although we didn't see him often of late, we will always hold dear the memories. Love to you all, Noreen & Mike
April 8, 2013
I'm glad for the time I was able to spend with you.

Ramble on, Paul. I'll miss you.
Bonny Armstrong
April 8, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. Paul was a great man. I am so happy that I was able to spend so much time with him. He had the biggest heart and was always a joy to be around. He will surely be missed. Love to all.
Maren Schwartz and Family
April 7, 2013
I had the pleasure of attending a number of concerts with Paul. It was great to be there with someone who truly enjoyed themselves as much as he did. I'll always treasure those good times.
Tom Horan
April 7, 2013
Zeth and family,
Thanks for putting the obit in the paper so we would know. Our hearts go out to you. I have a great memory of a Slickrock trail ride with several generations of parents and children many many years ago. Paul asked the older father on the trip how old his son was when he began passing his dad in athletic endeavors. The answer was about age 11. I think you were 7 or 8 years old.
May wonderful memories soothe the sorrow of losing your Dad.
Letty and Robbie Flatt
April 7, 2013
Paul thanks for watching out for me the day I broke my tail bone when snowboarding with you and Zeth. Thanks for your life, friendship and your son Zeth.
Penn Owens
April 7, 2013
Please pass this on to any one who ought to know of Paul's passing on. I deeply regret not being able to call everyone personally that deserves it... I would rather no one found out second hand.

If you can let me know if you are able attend the memorial we can plan things out, but regardless I would love to see everyone.

You can email me through this guest book.

Timberlakes residents- the front gate has my contact info.
Zeth Butkovich Turner
April 7, 2013
I have loved Paul for the first it that I saw his picture in his sons house. I have enjoyed many adventures and laughed and worked with Paul. I a sad that they have stopped for a short time, till we meet again my friend.
Nate B
April 6, 2013
They broke the mold after they made Paul. As honest a man I've ever met. God bless him for giving me my best friend. I know he is at peace ride the wave Paul and we'll see you on the other side.
Douglas Lange
April 6, 2013
Dearest Zeth,Laura,Gwen,and Phen: What a beautiful tribute, and all so true about Paul's beautiful and loving soul. We who are left will miss him forever. We always thought we would see him again. Friends are precious, and irreplaceable With love, Lynne and Chip
April 6, 2013
I am so sorry. Paul was my friend in Timber Lakes and I miss him and Stela. I have spare time and would like to offer my services to coordinate his other friends here on the mountain to help you any way with the house, etc. Please call. Judy Eddins 435-785-8140
Judy Eddins
April 6, 2013
I work for timberlakes and that is were I meet Paul. He was alway happy and went out of his way to come say hi. He will never be forgotten
Cam Ford
April 6, 2013
Thanks for being a great neighbor on the mountain. Sorry we only knew him for less than a year. He will be missed.
Ennis and Arlene Hutchinson
April 6, 2013
I will miss Paul. He was truly a kind and generous soul. Looking back I really wish I would have had more opportunities to talk with him, because I remember how our two personalities clicked and I really, really enjoyed our conversations. He was laid back and funny and a very non-judgemental person. We are praying for you and your family, Zeth. We love you all so much!!! -Aubri and family.
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