A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. from the United Methodist Church of Elk City. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, March 15, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. from the St. Matthew Catholic Church. Interment will be at 3:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Mooreland, OK, under the direction of the Martin Funeral Home of Elk City.
Jon Wesley Butler was born October 10, 1969 at Garden City, KS to Rita Martin and Vernon Butler and passed away Monday, March 11, 2013 at the age of 43. He graduated from Taloga High School in 1988 and then continued his education at Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell where he achieved a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and then received his Masters in Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. He was married to Karlese Swinney on July 31, 1993, at Hugoton, KS. Jon and Karlese would have celebrated 20 years of marriage this July. Jon taught and coached in Calumet, Watonga, Guymon and in 2004 came to Elk City where he taught 7th grade science and coached girls softball and basketball before becoming the Elk City High School Asst. Principal. Jon refereed many basketball games including 2 years of refereeing at the State Tournament. He was a member of the State Referees Association, 3rd Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus and a member of the St. Matthew Catholic Church of Elk City. He always had a smile on his face and never hesitated to lend his time, energy and love to many students over the years. Jon was a loving husband to his soul mate Karlese and would do anything to see her smile. His biggest legacy are his two children, Tristen and Kyler, whom he loved deeply.
Survivors include his wife: Karlese Butler of the Elk City home, daughter, Tristen Butler, son Kyler Butler of the home, parents, Rita Martin Clark of Mooreland, OK, father, Vernon Butler of Guthrie, OK, brothers and sisters, Link Butler of Elk City, Casey Clark of Mooreland, OK, Kristyn Davis of Edmond, OK, Kahle Goff of Ponca City, OK, Kasey Goff of Choctaw, OK, Melissa Stewart of Woodward, OK, Kim Clark of Vici, OK, maternal grandmother, Mary Anita Martin of Mooreland, OK and mother and father in law, Don and Connie Swinney of Hugoton, KS. Memorials in Jon’s name may be made to the “Benefit Fund for Jon Butler” in care of Interbank of Elk City.
Visitation for Jon will take place at the funeral home Tuesday until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday 8:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m. Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be no viewing at either church service.
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