Monte Lynn Butler
August 16, 1949 ~ July 31, 2014
Monte Lynn Butler, 64, of Okanogan, WA, passed away July 31, 2014, after a fierce battle with cancer. He was born in Omak, WA on August 16, 1949, to Robert Frank Butler and Norma Jean Butler. He grew up in Okanogan with his siblings, Robert and Dawn, and graduated from Okanogan High School in 1967. After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy Seabees and served two tours in Vietnam. He married Judy Ann Newby on October 30, 1982, in Brewster, WA. He worked for the Washington State Department of Transportation in Twisp, Brewster and Okanogan for 31 years. He was a Maintenance Lead Technician and highly respected by his crew. Monte retired February 28, 2011, and considered many of his crew close friends, cherishing these friendships until the very end. Monte was a Flagging Instructor and taught classes at Wenatchee Valley College in Omak and Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, WA.
Monte was very involved with the American Legion for 32 years and considered his Legion home to be Columbia Post 97, located in Brewster, WA. While involved in the Legion, he wore many hats, including the position of Post & District 9 Commander and was a past Washington State Area 3 Vice Commander. Monte was a member of the American Legion Riders and Combat Vets Motorcycle Association, participating in escorting Veterans home and many of their charity runs. In 1997, he received the Friendship Award, a highly prestigious honor, from The Royal Canadian Legion in appreciation of outstanding contributions made in the development of good will and comradeship. Monte was a yearly participant in the American Legion’s Annual Gavel Passing Ceremony. During the event this year, a flag located at the Legion Branch in Salmon Arm, B.C. was flown at half-mast July 31st through August 3rd, in Monte’s honor.
Although the Legion was a large part of Monte’s life, the most important thing to Monte was his family. Monte had two daughters, Tasha Marie Butler and Jamie Jean Frisk. He was a protector and a comforter in their times of need and his passing has left a void in their lives. Monte was an avid fisherman, motorcycle rider, bow hunter and jokester. He loved to play practical jokes and bring laughter into people’s lives. Monte was also a volunteer EMT for the ambulance service in Brewster for approximately ten years.
Monte is thought of highly in his community, respected in his profession and loved deeply by his family. Monte was preceded in death by his parents; and grandparents. Monte is greatly missed by his family, including his brother, Robert Butler (Trish); his sister, Dawn Brown (Mike); his wife, Judy Ann; daughters, Tasha Gallaway (Rick) and Jamie Todd (Toby); grandchildren, Skyler Gallaway, Sierra Gallaway, Shawnee Hopkins, Shaden Johnson, and Shaylee Todd; step-grandchildren, Jade Todd, Mariah Todd, and Aspen Todd; and one step-great-granddaughter, Natalie Vincent-Ramsey. He will also be missed by his extended family, as well as his special nephew and caregiver, Les Bebee.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the American Legion Columbia Post 97, located in Brewster, WA, on Sunday, August 10, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 and Brewster American Legion Columbia Post 97, P.O. Box 946, Brewster, WA 98812. Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements.