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Scott Williams Butters

July 20, 1945 — August 14, 2023


Scott Williams Butters: Loving husband, father, grandfather (or G’pa as his grandsons referred to him), and friend to many passed away at age 78 in Bountiful on August 14, 2023 surrounded by family who loved him dearly.

Scott was born July 20, 1945 in Coalville, Utah to Allen and Helen Butters. His childhood was one filled with a loving family, copious amounts of time spent outdoors, fresh produce from his dad’s garden, his mother’s world-famous cooking, lots of game playing, pranks, and laughter along with lessons of hard work, integrity, humbleness, and generosity.

Scott graduated from Ben Lomond High School where he was very active in student government, as well as the school’s tennis team and dance clan (although anyone who witnessed Scott on the dance floor may have left wondering how many times he actually attended his dance practices). He remained close to his high school friends and loved to get together with classmates every year to plan golf tournaments and reunions. Scott tried to instill his love for tennis with his kids (they never could quite catch the hang of it) and always loved watching any tennis tournament he could.

Scott went on to receive his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Utah, which kicked off a passion for “the U” and Utah Athletics that remained for his entire life. Scott was an avid Ute fan with football season tickets and tailgating shenanigans dating back to 1975, and helped instill that same passion for the Utes in his children and grandchildren that remains to this day. One could always be sure to catch a word or two from Scott if they ever had the bravery to wear BYU attire around him.

During the summer of 1967, Scott met his sweetheart and love of his life, Susan Adair. In his own words, “Another single fellow and I would peruse all the office buildings (at HAFB) each afternoon looking for dates for the weekend. One afternoon, a beautiful young lady walked out of the restroom as we were walking down the hall. That beautiful young lady would later become my wife.” Scott would always tell anyone who would listen how extremely lucky he was to be walking down that hall at that precise moment.

Scott was one of the biggest hearted, most genuine people this world has ever known. He spent many years hunting, camping, and taking trips to the family cabin, first as a young boy with his family, later as a father and grandfather, and relished in creating memories for his children and grandchildren. Scott was a consummate jokester and loved to play practical jokes on unsuspecting friends and family, a skill he picked up from his father, Allen, and passed down to his children and grandsons, although no one ever quite managed to out-prank Scott. Scott also loved golfing and spent many enjoyable afternoons with the guys building lasting friendships, and plenty of less enjoyable afternoons hunting for his ball or missing birdie putts.

If anyone ever needed anything, Scott was always just a phone call away. A lifetime of education, curiosity, and work with his hands gifted him the ability to answer just about any question or fix just about anything that needed fixing. His natural charm and charisma led him to a successful career as both an engineer and salesman where he was well known to earn the respect of his colleagues, peers, and clients. Scott was the kind of man whose word was golden; he came from the school of thought that if a deal couldn’t be made on a handshake it wasn’t worth making. His honorable nature and quick wit drew people to him and we are all better people for having known him.

Left with decades of cherished and colorful memories are Scott’s devoted wife of 55 years, Susan Adair Butters; Children, Wendy Hafen & Brandon (Amanda); Grandsons Mason Hafen & Nick Hafen (Brittany). Scott will be remembered fondly by his siblings Judy Dean (her late husband Ron), Kent (Bobbie), MaryJane Butters (her late husband Nick Ogle), & Rex (Sheryl), and many beloved nieces and nephews. Scott is preceded in death by his loving parents Allen and Helen Butters.

Let us come together, friends and family, to share in the life of Scott. Although he will be sorely missed, we would like to celebrate a man who was the kindest soul to friends and strangers alike. Despite the sorrow we may be feeling, let us try and remember that he loved to laugh and would not want us to dwell on the sad, but remember the good.

Come prepared to share favorite memories and stories, laugh at the good times, and remember the full life Scott lived. We will gather to commemorate him on Tuesday, September 19th at Eaglewood Golf Club (1110 E Eaglewood Drive, N Salt Lake, UT) from 4pm to 7pm. During the commemoration we would like to hold a Life Tribute at 5pm followed by an open mic sharing session.

His family is deeply grateful for the outstanding care and compassion shown by his wonderful caregivers at The Cottage at Legacy House in Bountiful.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to either Scott’s favorite charity, St. Jude Childrens Hospital, or to an Alzheimer research charity of your choice.

In memory of Scott Williams Butters, please consider making a donation to one of the following charities:

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Celebration of Life

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Mountain time)

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