John Herbert “Jack” Butter

May 24, 1940-Sept. 22, 2017

Jack passed away suddenly, in Medford, due to a heart condition.

He leaves behind his brother Stephen Conway Butter of Olympia, Washington; half-sisters Georgia Ann Hughes of Clearlake, California, Vicki Sue Holte and Linda Lee Little, both of Anacortes, Washington; and half-brother George Foster Landis of Sacramento, California. He also leaves behind his girlfriend Rosella Linton of Brookings.

He was preceded in death by his mother Louise Helen Landis (Butter, nee Saunders); stepfather George Francis Landis; and his biological father John Conway Butter.

Jack was born at Providence Hospital in Oakland, California. Growing up, he attended St. Peters Lutheran School, Brookfield School and graduated in the 1958 class of Hayward High School (the Agrarian), and Merritt College, all in the Bay Area. In his childhood, he attended St. Peters Lutheran Church under Pastor H.C. Theiss, where he was confirmed.

He joined the U.S. Air Force and completed training at Boron, California, in 1960. He was then stationed at Sioux Lookout Air Station in Ontario, Canada, with the 915th Squadron. From 1962 to 1963, he was stationed at McClellan Air Force Base with the 963rd Squadron.

Having spent time with his maternal Uncle Herb Saunders on his hog farm in Tracy, California, Jack’s goal in life was to own a ranch of his own. During college, he worked for Shell Oil as a service station attendant in the Marina district of San Leandro, California. He next worked for the city of Walnut Creek, before hiring on at Southern Pacific Railroad as an estimator working out of the main office in San Francisco, from which he retired. He had purchased seven acres in Lower Lake, California, for his dream ranch. He sold this before establishing it in his retirement and instead bought property in Coos Bay. He also lived in Brookings with Rosella. Jack was known to many wherever he lived. He was a hardworking man all of his life, including working for his stepfather as an oiler for A & B Crane Service and Pile Driving. In his off time, he was a season ticket holder for the Oakland Raiders and took George to many games and Super Bowls. He also organized an annual fishing trip to Dunsmuir, California, with his stepfather George and half-brother, George, and made many ocean fishing trips in the Bay Area.

There are no services planned. The family will hold a private remembrance in Portland.

In Jack’s memory, donations may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net. Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family.

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.

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