Reverend Donald Wesley Butler was born on April 12, 1943 in Doucette, Texas, to Theron L. Butler, Sr., and Hazel Stewart Butler. He passed away on Sunday, September 1, 2019.
Rev. Butler attended elementary, middle and high school in Liberty, Texas. He graduated with high honors from Liberty High School. He graduated with high honors from Texas College in Tyler, Texas, in 1966. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major (Mathematics and Chemistry), and minor in Physics. During his time at Texas College he became a member of the fraternity, Omega Psi Phi.
Due to his extensive technical knowledge, Rev. Butler was employed by various organizations during his professional career. He began his career as a teacher at West Liberty Junior High School in Liberty, Texas. He was later employed by the following: Magcobar Industries in Houston, Texas; DuPont in La Porte, Texas; King County Metro in Seattle, Washington; Time Oil Company in Seattle, Washington. Upon retirement from Time Oil, he decided to become involved in social services, so he became a Counselor at Lakeside – Milam Recovery Center.
His strong Christian faith began at an early age when he was baptized at Mount Rose Baptist Church in Liberty, Texas. He became ordained as a minister on December 4, 2011, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Robert L. Jeffrey, Sr., at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Seattle, Washington. He recently served as Associate Minister at First AME Church (South Campus) in Auburn, Washington.
Rev. Donald Butler was preceded in death by both parents, and brothers, Theron L. Butler, Jr., and John Paul Butler.
Rev. Butler leaves to cherish his memories, devoted wife Johnnie A. Butler, daughters – Lynette Darrington (Richard); Jacqueline Anderson (Adrian); Alisha Toston (Emanuel); sons – Donald W. Butler, Jr. (Stacey); Richard Williams (Pamela); Roger Williams; Reginald “Reggie” Williams; fourteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brother - Wayde Butler, Sr (Mary); sister – Linda Herpin (Michael); brother-in-law – Rev. Earl J. Jennings (Julia); sister-in-law – Barbara Moore (Walter); and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.