10/16/1940 – 3/23/2017
Richard F. Butler, lost a battle with his organ transplant after 10 years of success. He died at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla, California. He had a wonderful life and lived it to the fullest. A California native he was born in San Francisco but grew up in San Diego where he went to High School and was a Graduate of San Diego State University. He had a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, SEC License, California Insurance Broker License specializing in Property and Casualty, Life and Disability, and a California Real Estate Salesperson License.
He is survived by his loving wife, Marty whom he married in 1983, His two step-daughters, Linda Burnette (husband, Steven Burnette), Lisa Caverly and his daughter Michelle Rezendes (husband, Tim Rezendes) and his granddaughter Shannon and grandsons Dylan and Ryan. His brother Dan Butler, (wife Diana) who predeceased him.
He worked for 30+ years as an Independent Insurance Broker and sold his business in 1995 a few years after coming to the Desert. In San Diego he was past President of the San Diego Leukemia Society and started “The Run across the Coronado Bridge” to raise money for the Society. Continuing in his civic life he was a Planning Commissioner for the City of La Quinta for 9 years and helped the City to become the great place it is now. After retiring he decided to get a real estate license and was a successful new home salesman for a large developer. He retired again in 2005. Along the way He traveled, golfed, played tennis, hunted which he dearly loved and was gone every year for the opening of Dove Season.
In the words of an Irish Blessing “May the road rise up to meet you, the wind always be at your back and the sun shine warm upon your face”. Until we meet again, you were deeply loved by all who knew you.
Published in The Desert Sun on Apr. 1, 2017