William Douglas Butler

William Douglas Butler

A longtime Alaskan, passed away on June 30, 2019 at the age of 83.

He was born on March 7, 1936 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Earle and Violet Butler. Bill attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a degree in Agriculture Education. He moved to Alaska in 1962 to teach Science and Agriculture, first at Wasilla High School and then at Palmer High School. After earning an Education Administration degree from UAA in 1967, he became principal of Palmer High School for 15 years. After retirement he taught education classes at Mat-Su College and supervised student teachers.

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Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ron.

He is survived by Martha, his wife of 53 years, and their three children: Jayne of Kenai, Alaska, her husband, Martin Fallon and their children, Leah, Gregory, and Teresa; Mitchell of Westford, Massachusetts, his wife, Denise and their children Henry, Louisa, and Charles; and Leanna of Fallon, Nevada, her husband Don Bradford, and their children, Levi and Caroline. He is also survived by his sister, Merlee Purrmann of Frankfurt, Germany, and extended family in Minnesota.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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