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.
Published in The Park Record on Apr. 6, 2013.