|Memorial services will be held tomorrow in Westcliffe for former Silver Cliff mayor and county commissioner C. Allen Butler.
Mr. Butler died Friday, June 1, 2018 at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, after courageously fighting a rare form of bile duct cancer, cholangiocarcinoma, for near four years. He was 70.
Mr. Butler was well known in the Wet Mountain Valley, having been active as a businessman, elected official and civic leader.
He was born Oct. 2, 1947, in Seminole, Okla., to Barney C. and Flora (Allen) Butler.
He was a 1965 graduate of Midwest City High School in Midwest City, Okla., and a 1970 graduate of Central State University in Edmond, Okla. He later earned a master’s degree in school finance and administration at the University of Oklahoma.
He served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard 145th, from 1969 to 1983.
He had served as a middle school and high school band director at Star Spencer High School in Spencer, Okla., and at Moore high school and middle school in Moore, Okla. He also had served as band director and principal at Jones middle school and high school in Jones, Okla.
In 1983, he and his family moved to Silver Cliff where they owned and operated the Country Store and the adjacent Mining Company restaurant.
He was an avid pilot and enjoyed flying to air shows and spending time and chatting with his many friends.
He served as a Silver Cliff town trustee from May 2000 to January 2003, and served as mayor from February 2003 to December 2010. He was elected county commissioner in 2010 and served in that capacity from 2011 to 2014. He also served eight years with the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments, and in January 2015 the county’s SilverWest Airport was named Butler Field in his honor. He had served as chair of the SilverWest Airport board.
In addition, Mr. Butler was an active member of the Wet Mountain Valley Rotary Club and had served as its president. He also was past president of the Custer County Chamber of Commerce; a member of American Legion Post 170; a volunteer with Custer Search and Rescue; and a volunteer leader with the local 4-H Aerospace program.
He also was an active member of the Community United Methodist Church in Westcliffe.
On June 19, 1970 in Midwest City, Okla., he married Lynn Emrich.
Mrs. Butler survives, as do two children: Brad Butler of Lawrence, Kan., and Alison (Mrs. John) Poole of Fort Myers, Fla.
Also surviving are two grandchildren, Liam Butler of Lawrence, Kan., and Jameson Poole of Fort Myers, Fla.; a sister, Erma Butler of Norman, Okla.; an uncle, Donald V. Allen of Little Rock, Ark.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held tomorrow, Friday, June 8, at 10 a.m. in Lange Hall at Hope Lutheran Church in Westcliffe.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to Custer County Cares About Cancer, or to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation.