Eddie (Ed) Alma Butterfield--born June 1, 1935, in Murray, Utah to Edward and Mary Butterfield--died on November 12, 2022. His death relieved a long struggle with vascular dementia. We lost and grieved him over years, but his core defining virtues never dimmed.

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Providing for family was foundational to Ed; that was his resolutely decided purpose in life. He was a man who could and would solve any problem for those he loved. You always felt safe with Ed in your corner. Even when he couldn’t stand, he would insist to know how he could help his family.

In life, Ed was brilliant, ambitious, determined. He came from very little and made a fortune in Butterfield Lumber, a company that raised up and supported scores of employees and family members. His disease took many memories from him, but it could not touch the fact that he never lost a single fistfight as a teenager in Murray, Utah (a fact that his gracious caregivers at Sunrise of Sandy know by heart).

Ed is survived by his loving spouse, Bobbie. Their marriage of 54 years was an inspiration to all who knew them. Their love’s tender strength mended together a large and mixed family, and it only grew over their years. Together, they flew across the world and walked their neighborhood. They advocated loudly in the political arena for gay rights, and sat quietly together on their back patio, hand-in-hand enjoying the babbling of Little Cottonwood Creek. They persevered through painful hardships, and slow danced together in joy wherever they found a chance.

Ed is also survived by his siblings Jerry and Susan; his eight children Alison (Rob), Debbie (Duff), Julie (Spencer), Lori (Eddie), Steve (Vickie), Todd, Tony (Paul), & Tracy. Ed had 32 grandchildren, and well over 60 great grandchildren. Ed is preceded in death by his parents Ed and Mary; and siblings Joyce, Mike, and Ron.

A celebration of Ed’s life will occur November 27, 2022 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at Willowcreek Country Club, 8505 Willow Creek Drive, Sandy.

In lieu of flowers, celebrants of Ed’s life are encouraged to give to those they love in need of help.

Services

Celebration of Life

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Willow Creek Country Club
8505 Willow Creek Drive
Sandy, UT 84093

Services Handled By

Larkin Sunset Gardens
1950 E 10600 S
Sandy, UT

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Nov 15, 2022

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My prayers and thoughts are with the family. Ed was a wonderful friend and boss. Butterfield Lumber was a great place to work because of him. Ed was very kind and cared about all those around him. He never had an unkind word and was a quite the jokester. Rest In Peace Ed.

Trish Waters

Trish Waters , Murray’s , UT, US Nov 21, 2022

Ed was a great mentor to me in the lumber business. I was fortunate enough to work for Ed and Jerry for fourteen years inside sales and out side sales. His office door was always opened weather a lumber question or a personal question. Working at BUTTERFIELD lumber you felt like you were family Ed my friend you will be truly missed

Demar Iverson , Fillmore, UT, US Nov 21, 2022

Sincere sympathy at this difficult time. H

Lisa Wickman Camacho , Pleasant Prairie, WI, US Nov 18, 2022

Although I did not have as much time with Ed as I did with Bobbie and the family, whenever I did see Ed he was always a jokester and gave the best compliments to brighten everyone's day. He could be feisty at times and we learned how to "duck and weave" upon occasion (LOL). My favorite part about interacting with Ed was when he spoke about Bobbie. The love he had for her and his family was immense.

When we get a resident at Sunrise, we also get to meet and love their family members. I looked forward to every day that Bobbie came to visit Ed. Her outfits were a hit with all residents. She always gave me the best hugs when she came to visit and I am going to miss those hugs very much. I have worked for Sunrise for 12 years and I treasure every memory with each resident and their families. When we lose a resident, we not only lose them but also the family visits as well. It's a double loss for us.

Michelle , Sandy, UT, US Nov 16, 2022

Although I did not have as much time with Ed as I did with Bobbie and the family, whenever I did see Ed he was always a jokester and gave the best compliments to brighten everyone's day. He could be feisty at times and we learned how to "duck and weave" upon occasion (LOL). My favorite part about interacting with Ed was when he spoke about Bobbie. The love he had for her and his family was immense.

When we get a resident at Sunrise, we also get to meet and love their family members. I looked forward to every day that Bobbie came to visit Ed. Her outfits were a hit with all residents. She always gave me the best hugs when she came to visit and I am going to miss those hugs very much. I have worked for Sunrise for 12 years and I treasure every memory with each resident and their families. When we lose a resident, we not only lose them but also the family visits as well. It's a double loss for us.

Michelle , Sandy, UT, US Nov 16, 2022

I go visit my wife every evening at Sunrise of Sandy memory care community. One of the highlights was greeting ED. He always was happy to see me and it was always a challenge giving him a handshake to see who was the strongest. He always won. God speed my friend on your next adventure. You are one of the good ones.

Curtis and Mickey

Curtis White , Murray, UT, US Nov 16, 2022

Dear Family, The wonderful memories of Ed Butterfield will always be in my heart.

My husband, Chick Leggett, became friends with Ed many years ago when he was looking for work and ended up at Cook Lumber. They became fast friends and had many good times together. I will always appreciate the care and concern he had for his friends and employees especially when he started Butterfield Lumber and everyone worked together to make it a success.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time!

Sincerely, Marie Leggett

Marie Leggett , South Jordan, UT, US Nov 16, 2022

Dear Family, The wonderful memories of Ed Butterfield will always be in my heart.

My husband, Chick Leggett, became friends with Ed many years ago when he was looking for work and ended up at Cook Lumber. They became fast friends and had many good times together. I will always appreciate the care and concern he had for his friends and employees especially when he started Butterfield Lumber and everyone worked together to make it a success.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time!

Sincerely, Marie Leggett

Marie Leggett , South Jordan, UT, US Nov 16, 2022

Dear Family, The wonderful memories of Ed Butterfield will always be in my heart.

My husband, Chick Leggett, became friends with Ed many years ago when he was looking for work and ended up at Cook Lumber. They became fast friends and had many good times together. I will always appreciate the care and concern he had for his friends and employees especially when he started Butterfield Lumber and everyone worked together to make it a success.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time!

Sincerely, Marie Leggett

Marie Leggett , South Jordan, UT, US Nov 16, 2022

Dear Family, The wonderful memories of Ed Butterfield will always be in my heart.

My husband, Chick Leggett, became friends with Ed many years ago when he was looking for work and ended up at Cook Lumber. They became fast friends and had many good times together. I will always appreciate the care and concern he had for his friends and employees especially when he started Butterfield Lumber and everyone worked together to make it a success.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time!

Sincerely, Marie Leggett

Marie Leggett , South Jordan, UT, US Nov 16, 2022

Sending my deepest condolences to Bobbie and the rest of the Butterfield family.

So sad to hear of Ed's passing. I only knew Ed for a short while but I thought that he was a kind, gentle and generous man. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Rest easy now, Ed.

Brenda Rose

Brenda Rose Nov 16, 2022

Sending my deepest condolences to Bobbie and the rest of the Butterfield family.

So sad to hear of Ed's passing. I only knew Ed for a short while but I thought that he was a kind, gentle and generous man. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Rest easy now, Ed.

Brenda Rose

Brenda Rose Nov 16, 2022

Bobbie, Tracy, Mercedes, Bobbie Jo, Michelle and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. My thoughts are with all of you and I hope that your love and wonderful memories will ease the pain and help you through this difficult time.

Ed was loved by many who knew him here at Willow Creek Country Club and he will be missed.

Hugs and love, Gundi

Gundi Hays Nov 15, 2022

Bobbie, Tracy, Mercedes, Bobbie Jo, Michelle and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. My thoughts are with all of you and I hope that your love and wonderful memories will ease the pain and help you through this difficult time.

Ed was loved by many who knew him here at Willow Creek Country Club and he will be missed.

Hugs and love, Gundi

Gundi Hays Nov 15, 2022

Bobbie, Tracy, Mercedes, Bobbie Jo, Michelle and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. My thoughts are with all of you and I hope that your love and wonderful memories will ease the pain and help you through this difficult time.

Ed was loved by many who knew him here at Willow Creek Country Club and he will be missed.

Hugs and love, Gundi

Gundi Hays Nov 15, 2022

I sent my deepest condolences to the family! Knowing Ed was a privilege! He was always kind and friendly!He loved Bobbie and his family!So sad to say goodbye to a wonderful person!!!

With loving thoughts

Toni

Antoaneta Boyadjieff Nov 15, 2022

Approximately 50 years of the business world, friendship, golfing, always great to see that's great smile..

GARY M HUNTSMAN , SANDY, UT, US Nov 15, 2022

Sherry and I send our condolences to Bobbie and the entire family. Ed was a wonderful friend and a fun, fierce competitor who hated to lose on the golf course or any other form of competition - even pitching quarters. Most importantly, Ed loved Bobbie and his entire family more than anything and always spoke of them with love and pride. He will be greatly missed.

Rick Milne , South Jordan, UT, US Nov 15, 2022

Sherry and I send our condolences to Bobbie and the entire family. Ed was a wonderful friend and a fun, fierce competitor who hated to lose on the golf course or any other form of competition - even pitching quarters. Most importantly, Ed loved Bobbie and his entire family more than anything and always spoke of them with love and pride. He will be greatly missed.

Rick Milne , South Jordan, UT, US Nov 15, 2022

So sorry for your loss. I remember when I was very young (between 4 and 5; I'm 58 now) that I took dance from Bobby and Tracy and one time all the dancers were in the Murray Parade and we rode in the back of a Butterfield lumber truck that I believe Ed drove while we danced and waved throughout the parade.

Sherry Brugman Nov 15, 2022

So sorry for your loss. I remember when I was very young (between 4 and 5, i'm 58 now) that I took dance from Bobby and Tracy and one time all the dancers were in the Murray Parade and we rode in the back of a Butterfield lumber truck that I believe Ed drove while we danced and waved throughout the parade.

Sherry Brugman Nov 15, 2022

So sorry for your loss. I remember when I was very young (between 4 and 5, i'm 58 now) that I took dance from Bobby and Tracy and one time all the dancers were in the Murray Parade and we rode in the back of a Butterfield lumber truck that I believe Ed drove while we danced and waved throughout the parade.

Sherry Brugman Nov 15, 2022

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